The Supersand Eagles lost 10 – 1 to the World number tbree despite
scoring the first goal of the game encounter. Goalkeeper Danjuma Paul
made numerous outstanding and excellent saves to keep Nigeria in the
game in the first period before centurion, Abu Azeez gave Nigeria the
lead with seconds to go in the first period.
It ended 1-0 in favor of the Supersand Eagles in the first period.
Portugal however wasted no time getting into their groove in the
second period as it eventually turned out to be a rout.
45 seconds after the restart, Belchior scored with a clever corner
kick to level the score before world player of the year Jordan Santos
gave Portugal the lead Fort he first time in the game with a well
Nigeria struggled to contain their opponents from them on, eventually
losing by nine goals at the end of the third period.
Speaking after the game, Nigerian Legend Abu Azeez highlighted loss of
concentration as the major issue the team had to deal with adding that
they will work on their mistakes in subsequent games.
“We still have two games to go so we will try as much as possible to
work on our mistakes and bounce back.”
Nigeria play Oman next before facing Brazil in their final group game.
At this point a win alone might not suffice as they would need to
score lots of goals in order to boost their goal difference in order
to make it out of the group.