Star Sixes: Nigeria Humiliated By Spain Despite Yakubu Goal, Crash Out

Star Sixes: Nigeria Humiliated By Spain Despite Yakubu Goal, Crash Out

 

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Nigeria on Saturday night were thrashed 8-1 by Spain and subsequently eliminated from the maiden edition of the six-a-side Star Sixes Football Tournament in London,  reports Completesportsnigeria com.

Early goals just after the whistle from Lucho Garcia and Mitchel Salgado unsettled the Nigerian side.

Alfonso Perez Munoz virtually eliminated the Super Eagles heroes of yesteryear with the third goal of the first quarterfinals match barely eight minutes into the clash.

Salgado scored two more goals for the Spanish team to take his tally in the tournament to five in four matches.

Former Super Eagles keeper Peter Rufai went off injured with a knock and was replaced by former Northern Ireland keeper Maik Taylor since every team had just one goalkeeper.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni restored some wounded pride with a goal, his fourth of the tournament, but it ended with an 8-1 defeat for Nigeria.

Spain were similarly ruthless in the group stages,  scoring 12 goals and conceding two.

Nigeria reached the quarter-final stage after finishing third in Group B with three points, thereby making it into the knockout stages as one of the two best losers with Germany who amassed four points in Group C.

Scotland also had three points in Group A but Nigeria's better goal difference of -3 put the Austin Okocha-led team through at the expense of the Tartan Warriors who had a -6 goal difference.

The Star Sixes games are15 minutes each half with two minutes for half time. If scores are level at full time in the knockout stages, the games go into penalties with each team playing three before sudden death.

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>                      Group A
> Spain P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 GD +10 Pts 9
> England P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 GD 0 Pts 6
> Scotland P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 GD –6 Pts 3
> Mexico P 3 W 0 D 0 L 3 GD -4 Pts 0
>
> Fixtures & Results
> England 1-4 Spain
> Mexico 1-3 Scotland
> Spain 2-1 Mexico
> England 3-1 Scotland
> Spain 6-0 Scotland
> England 2-1 Mexico 
>
>                    Group B
> Brazil P 3 W 3 D 0 L 0 GD +11 Pts 9
> Italy P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 GD +2 Pts 6
> Nigeria P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 GD -3 Pts 3
> China P 3 W 0 D 0 L 3 GD -10 Pts 0
>
> Fixtures & Results
> Nigeria 3-2 China
> Brazil 2-1 Italy
> China 0-7 Brazil
> Italy 2-0 Nigeria
> Brazil 3-0 Nigeria
> Italy 4-2 China 
>
> Group C
> Denmark P 3 W 1 D 2 L 0 GD +2 Pts 5
> France P 3 W 1 D 1 L 1 GD 0 Pts 4
> Germany P 3 W 1 D 1 L 1 GD -1 Pts 4
> Portugal P 3 W 1 D 0 L 2 GD –1 Pts 3
>
> Fixtures & Results
> Portugal 4-6 Denmark
> Germany 4-3 France
> France 3-2 Portugal
> Denmark 2-2 Germany
> France 1-1 Denmark
> Germany 0-2 Portugal

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