Mikel acknowledges Super Eagles first half struggles vs. Argentina


Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has revealed the team struggled with the new formation in the first half against Argentina despite their comeback victory on Tuesday.

Coach Gernot Rohr opted to experiment with a new 3-5-2 formation against Argentina on Tuesday night in an International friendly game at the Krasnodar Stadium, Russia.

Argentina controlled the play in the first half and scored two goals within eight minutes. Ever Banega opened the scores for Argentina in the 28th minute before Sergio Aguero doubled the lead eight minutes later.

“We played a new system, we have never played before so we struggled to find our feet in the first half,” said Mikel after the game.

Super Eagles came back stronger and scored four goals, Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back late in the first half to draw his team back into the contest.

Two second half goals from Alex iwobi and a debut goal from Brian Idowu completed the turn around in a 4-2 win for the Three-time AFCON champions over the former World champions.

He added: “At the break, the coach (Rohr) spoke to us and we corrected our mistakes which helped us to fight back. Our team is still a work in progress.”


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