Super Eagles fall to Serbia


The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday fell 2-0 to Serbia in a pre-World Cup friendly played at the Barnet FC Stadium, Canons Park London.

An Aleksandar Mitrovic brace for Serbia in the second half of the encounter meant a loss for the Super Eagles, in a game where they were most times second best.

Francis Uzoho making a second start for the Eagles was the busier of the goalkeepers in the first half. In the 13th minute Serbia thought they had gone in front off a headed effort by Mitrovic but Uzoho was able to prevent the entire ball from crossing over the line.

The Super Eagles made some forays upfront but were hardly able to carve out any opportunity for Ahmed Musa who Coach Gernort Rohr selected ahead of Odion Ighalo.

The second half resumed with Odion Ighalo replacing Victor Moses, a change which saw Ighalo take on the position of top striker  while Musa moved over to the left flank.

China based Ighalo was pretty lively upfront causing some problems for the Serbian defence.

It was however the Serbian frontman Mitrovic who came up with the game’s opening goal as Troost-Ekong and Awaziem  were left in sizes and sevens as the Fulham loaned fired past Uzoho to score in the 68th minute.

Mitrovic will then go on to score again in the 81st minute following some beautiful team work.

Serbia thus made up for a 1-2 loss against Morocco in a friendly on Friday, same day the Super Eagles had beaten Poland in a friendly.

Up next for the Eagles will be a farewell game against Congo at the Abuja National Stadium on May 28.

They will then play England on June 2 at Wembley, before they round off their friendlies with a clash against Czech Republic on June 6.

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