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2018 World Cup: Super Eagles rated third worst team after first round of games

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been rated as the third worst team after first round of games at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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The Super Eagles’ opening game loss to Croatia has been adjudged as the 29th best of the 32 teams participating at the World Cup after the first round of games.

British newspaper Daily Telegraph, rated Nigeria as only better than Saudi Arabia which lost the opening game of the competition 5-0 to host country Russia and debutants Panama who lost 3-0 to Belgium.

The paper described Nigeria’s performance as;

“a horrible performance from a group of players who didn’t seem to grasp quite how important their opening game at the World Cup was. Whether the manager’s fault or those in green shirts, there was no urgency, no great surge to try and rescue a point, an isolated striker and full-backs who weren’t allowed to get forward. Nigeria should be so much better than this.”

Spain and Portugal, who played out an enthralling 3-3 draw came in first and second while Mexico, which defeated reigning champions Germany were rated third. Brazil, who were held by Switzerland and England, late 2-1 winners over Tunisia round up the top five in the ratings.

Nigeria will play their second game on Friday against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena. Only an outright win can keep the Super Eagles hopes of staying in the competition alive.

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In other reports from the Croatia vs Nigeria game, the NFF has sacked FIFA correspondent Samm Audu, over leaked starting XI.

Audu was accused of leaking the Nigeria starting eleven, going as far as publishing it on FIFA official website, days before the Super Eagles first World Cup game against Croatia.

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr was displeased with Audu’s role in his side’s defeat to Croatia and officially made a complaint to the world football governing body who were then forced to replace him.

A foreign journalist, Annette Braun was brought in Audu place for the 2018 World Cup.

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