Nigeria’s centre-half, Leon Balogun has defended Super Eagles’ performance in their 2-0 loss to Croatia on Saturday in Kaliningrad.
According to the defender, the Super Eagles did not perform badly despite the loss.
He also explained that the Croats won because they were good, calm and focused in the game,
He told Complete Sports, “We lost this game and it’s gone. As a team, no need to dwell on that, but just have to learn from the mistakes and prepare to win the next match.
“Yes, we lost through set-pieces. It was tough, both in defending set-pieces and trying to get goals through set-pieces.
“I think that generally, we didn’t create many chances. However, there is no need to drop our heads because of this loss. Of course, we need to look dangerous offensively. It was not that bad as we were confident with the ball, but we need to create more chances.
“Of course, we never thought we would lose the match. Imagine what a win could have done for us – something like a 50, 60 per cent progress towards advancing from the group.
“Now we have two very important games remaining in the group, and we have to win, at least, one and of course watch what happens in the other games of our group opponents.
“The best we can do now is to focus on ourselves, criticize and analyse what went wrong and what we did well too, and stick to a positive mentality.
“The Croatians were good, and calm in the game. If they didn’t have the ball, they stayed in their positions. That worked for them. Maybe we can learn from that. I am optimistic going forward from here.”