The Super Eagles of Nigeria have lost their final preparatory match before the start of the Russia 2018 World Cup. The Nigerian national team went down 1-0 to Czech Republic at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium, Austria on Wednesday.
The only goal of the game was scored by Tomas Kalas who hammered in a rebound to give his side the lead.
This is the second time Nigeria will face Czech Republic. Their first meeting was at a four-nation tournament, the King Hassan II International Cup, in 1996 with Czech Republic winning 2-1.
Wednesday’s game saw the return of Wilfred Ndidi who missed the Super Eagles last two friendlies and gave a good account of himself.
In their five friendly games, the Super Eagles lost three, won one and drew one (beat Poland 1-0, lost 2-0 to Serbia, drew 1-1 with DR Congo, lost 2-1 to England and lost 1-0 to Czech Republic).
They will open their campaign in Russia against Croatia in Group D in June 16.
The Super Eagles had the first big chance in the game on six minutes through Victor Moses but his well-taken free-kick close to the edge of the Czechs box was saved by Tomas Vaclik in goal.
The team had a good play in the match but the Czech team eventually carried the day.