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Super Eagles of Nigeria lose 0-1 to Czech Republic

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Super Eagles of Nigeria lose 0-1 to Czech Republic - Happynaija.com

The Super Eagles on Wednesday lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in their  friendly  match ahead of  the Russia 2018 World Cup in Austria.

Tomas Kalas’ 24th minute strike from close range

made the Central Europeans, who were whitewashed

by Australia 4-0 in their friendly  fixture on Saturday,

winners this time round.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made a few changes to the

starting lineup (4-2-3-1)  in the team’s 2-1 loss to

England in London on Saturday.

The German coach started  Francis Uzoho in goal

while Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong,

Leon Balogun and Brian Idowu were in the defence.

Captain Mikel Obi, John Ogu, who replaced Ogenyi Onazi, 

and Wilfred Ndidi, who returned to the lineup after

missing the last two matches due to injury,

were in the midfield. China-based striker Odion Ighalo,

Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses and

Alex Iwobi were in the attack.

Nigeria started the better of the two sides as they

settled against Czech but the Europeans, who will

not be in Russia for the World Cup,  grew into the

game and battled the Eagles for the control of the

midfield. Like it was against England,

the Eagles struggled in the first half until

they changed formation (3-5-2)  after the break.

The Eagles’ first chance came in the sixth minute

when Moses’ free-kick was gathered by the

Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik  following a foul on Mikel.

Czech had their chance in the 18th minute when

Uzoho made a save from a shot by a Husbauer Josef.

The  Czechs kept piling pressure on the Nigerian

defence and got their goal  after the Eagles failed to 

deal with a set-piece and Kalas scored from a rebound

caused by a block made by Uzoho.

The Eagles responded with  Ighalo and Ndidi  denied by

fine saves from  Vaclik. The Euro ’96 runners-up  should

have doubled their lead but Jugas Jakub fired over

the bar with  Uzoho left stranded.

Nigeria had a few chances towards the end of the first

half but could not beat Vaclik, who saved efforts from

Ighalo and Moses.

The match was halted for 10 minutes in the second

half after a thunderstorm followed showers of rain.

But Nigeria failed to break their opponents’ defence in

a dominant second half performance as they poured

forward in search of the equaliser.

Rohr brought on Ahmed Musa for Moses while

Tyronne Ebuehi replaced Abdullahi. Kelechi Iheanacho

replaced Mikel and Simeon Nwankwo came on for Ighalo.

Nigeria lost 1-0 to Poland in Wroclaw on March 23 and

fell  2-0 to Serbia in London  four days later.

They played 1-1 against DR Congo in Port Harcourt.

Nigeria will face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in 

Group D in Russia, with their World Cup opener

against Croatia in Kaliningrad on  June 16.

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