Nigerian fans heartbroken after World Cup exit

By Daily Sports on June 27, 2018

Views: 604

Supporters of Nigeria’s soccer team described their heartbreak after watching the elimination of the national side from the World Cup on Tuesday following a late Argentina goal.

The game determined who progressed from Group D to the knockout stage and dictated whether or not Argentina forward Lionel Messi - considered by some soccer fans to be the world’s best player - would continue to play a role in Russia.

Nigeria were minutes from progressing before Argentina defender Marcos Rojo volleyed home a Gabriel Mercado cross in the 86th minute to give the South Americans a 2-1 win and passage into the last 16 where they face France.

“Heartbreak... we squandered two great chances that would have put us right above (on top in) the fixture,” said Kelechukwu Mgbeahuruike, who watched the game at an open air screening in the commercial capital, Lagos.

“Argentina had the zeal to still come back because they knew that yes they could still do it,” he said, referring to the period in which a Nigeria penalty converted by Victor Moses levelled the match at 1-1 after Messi had opened the scoring.

A draw would have been enough for the West African side to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.

The team representing Africa’s most populous nation, making their sixth World Cup appearance, reached the last 16 when the tournament was held four years ago in Brazil.

There had been a widespread hope in Nigeria that the team could progress from Group D, which was widely considered to be one of the toughest in the tournament since it brought together Argentina, Croatia and Iceland alongside Nigeria.

Retail assistant Femi Ogundeji expressed anger at the decision not to award Nigeria penalty in the second half.

A video assistant referee (VAR) review decided that a possible handball by Rojo did not warrant a penalty.

“It is so clear, everyone can see that it was a clear handball and it is supposed to be a penalty,” said Ogundeji. “It is so painful. We could have drawn the match and we could have been in the round 16,” he added.

Nigeria were the only one of Africa’s five representatives from the last World Cup to return for the 2018 edition in Russia, which kicked off on June 14.

For some, the cause of Nigeria’s woes lay in divine intervention. “We cannot fight God. It is how God wants it,” said Kenneth Uzonwanne, an artist. (Reuters)

•Photo shows heartbroken Nigerian fans

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 27, 2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

You may also like...
Ronaldo struggles for goals, Dybala for playing time...

Biffo: Abia Warriors more desperate than Rivers United...

Weah and Infantino to attend CAF Awards in...

Canelo: I want GGG rematch for first fight...

Delta Force spring surprise, win Governor Ifeanyi Okowa...

Mourinho turns down offer to return to Real...

 

Latest News Lagos Court Orders Jay Jay Okocha’s Arrest Iwobi Shines as Arsenal Sail to Europa League Round of 16 Chelsea Beat Malmo to Reach Last 16 of Europa League Super Falcons Hit Camp on Friday for Cyprus Trip Edo Deputy Governor Threatens TO Withdraw Bendel Insurance from NPFL Liverpool ‘Focused’ on Winning Premier League Title — Salah No Regret Joining Chelsea, Says Omeruo Premier League 2019/20 Season to Start on August 10 Klopp Fined by FA for Referee Comments Simeone Explains Explicit Gesture against Juventus Man City Fan in Critical Condition Following Assault after Schalke Game Ronaldo Reminds Atletico of Champions League Haul

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (45,059 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (37,097 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (35,795 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (35,138 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (34,266 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (34,168 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (33,230 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (33,142 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (33,119 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (32,022 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (30,089 views) Let’s save Kelechi Emeteole's life! Let’s follow Omeruo, others' shining examples (29,489 views)

 

 


 

News Athletics (275) Basketball (149) Boxing (530) Columnists (396) Euro Soccer Update (4185) Fans Assembly (3) From the Grassroots (45) Golf (73) Interviews (14) Live Commentary (3) News (4725) NPL Glo Premier League (986) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (6) Tennis (520)

 

 

Classic games

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media