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EXCELLENT, KEEP IT UP: How Super Eagles Rated Vs Iceland

EXCELLENT, KEEP IT UP: How Super Eagles Rated Vs Iceland

Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the performance of Super Eagles players in their 2-0 Russia 2018 win against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday…

FRANCIS UZOHO 8/10
Kept improving with every game. The young goalkeeper made a number of vital saves in the game and showed tremendous calmness beyond his age.

KENETH OMERUO 7/10
Handed his first start of the competition as part of a three-man defence and put in a fine performance all through. He played a part in the penalty the team conceded but otherwise had an excellent game.

LEON BALOGUN 7/10
The Brighton new signing came close to registering a goal in what was one of his best showings for the Super Eagles. Balogun coped well with the aerial threat of the opponents and made occasional forays upfront.

WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG 7/10
Played at the heart of the three-man defence and did well to ensure that the Super Eagles defence was not breached for the entire game.

VICTOR MOSES 7/10
Deployed in a wing-back role for the first time at international level. The Chelsea man was a constant threat to the Iceland defence for most of the game but was let down at times by his final delivery.

BRYAN IDOWU 5/10
Had a poor game like most of his teammates in the first half. He was substituted at half time for the more adventurous Tyronne Ebuehi.

WILFRED NDIDI 6/10
Came alive as the rest of the team in the second half. The Leicester City midfielder had a well-struck effort tipped over by the Iceland goalkeeper in the second half.

MIKEL OBI 6/10
The Super Eagles captain didn’t really hit expected heights in the game but still put an above average showing and kept things tight in his deeper role.

OGHENEKARO ETEBO 7/10
He did not influence the game much like he did in the first game. He came alive in the second half and had a couple of shots on target after some driving runs.

AHMED MUSA 9/10
A man of the match performance from the forward who is now Nigeria’s all-time highest goals scorer in the World Cup with four goals after grabbing a brace in the highly entertaining encounter.

KELECHI IHEANACHO 7/0
Combined well with Ahmed Musa upfront and held the ball well especially in the second half to put pressure on the Iceland defence.

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SUBSTITUTES

TYRONNE EBUEHI 7/10
Unfortunate to concede a penalty which was missed by Gyfil Sigurdsson but his introduction after the break for the largely ineffective Bryan Idowu added more bite to the left side of the Super Eagles defence.

ODION IGHALO 5/10
Fluffed a chance to increase Nigeria’s lead after his late introduction for Kelechi Iheanacho. Likely to start to the next game on the bench.

ALEX IWOBI
Not rated.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 40
  • iT IS JUST TO GET THE RIGHT FORMATION FOR THE TEAM. 3-5-2 IS THE KILLER. AHMED MUSA IS ON FIRE. USELESS IGHALO. I DON’T KNOW WHY HE KEPT USING HIM. SIMMY IS BETTER THAN HIM SELF

    • Nwaebonyi 5 months ago

      @Tols give this guy some respect, I am sure he wants to score more than you want u him to

      • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

        Ighalo has gone 10 matches without scoring a goal or registering an assist for the SE….pls of what use is he in the starting line up….?

        • Naija Man 5 months ago

          While everybody was busy celebrating our 2nd goal, IGHALO was seen in the video whispering something to Rohr. I hope there is no some back door arrangements between the 2? Ighalo should watch the next game from the bench. There are other Forwards in the team who are much more better than him. I saw Simy Nwankwo, Iwobi, Ezenwa etc all jubilating but Ighalo was on the side of Rohr whispering some words to his ears. We need to know what is happening between the two.

          • abayomi 5 months ago

            Great that u noticed Ighalo and Rohr, I think he was telling the coach to being him on. I’m not particularly pleased with that though. Nig could have scored a third goal if only Ighalo had laid on that pass to a free Must in the box at the dying minutes of the gain. He instead held on and gave the ball to Iwobi. I hope it’s not that he doesn’t want Must to have a hatrick. If it’s so, then that’s very bad

  • Calling on all Super Eagles found – both optimsts and doubters – please, put all your differing views aside and join me in basking in the euphoria of the moment.

    I know it’s not “job done” yet as we still have the tricky task of navigating Argentina next week but guess what? I DON’T CARE!

    Musa has done what the greatest players l on the planet (Messi and Ronaldo) failed to do (Portugal in Euro 2016 and Argentina in this world cup).

    The much-criticized Leicester city forward inspired his team to victory against a stubborn Iceland.

    Hip hop hip….. Hooray!!!

    Hip hip hip…… Hooray !!!

    Hip hip hip……. Hooray !!!

    • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 5 months ago

      l join you bro, Musa is our hero today. Even if we go home after the Argentinian’s match, l will comfort that we tried.

      • Greenturf 5 months ago

        @Edoman don’t be pessimistic.
        We are not going home.We shall get the result needed to go through to the next round

  • Correction

    **Calling on all Super Eagles fans**

  • PEACE 5 months ago

    I want to thank Almighty GOD and also to thank Gernot Rorh, for listening to our plea to play this set of players that I HAVE BEEN POSTING ALL THESE WHILE PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THIS WINNING TEAM, STICK TO THEM AS YOUR FIRST 11.
    Iheanacho
    Moses Musa
    Iwobi/Etebo
    Mikel Ndidi
    Omeruo/Idowu Balogun Ekong Ebuehi
    Uzoho
    as the first 11 eleven.
    Super Eagles will score goals in multiples as they did worn against Argentina 4-2
    .THANK YOU

  • Ayphillydegreat 5 months ago

    To me Omeruo was the difference maker. His introduction into the back three was a masterstroke. The 3-5-2 is our bread and butter in this WorldCup. I’m still cautiously optimistic, but I’m sure Argentina will not find it easy against this SuperEagles. The only minus in our team is Idowu. I hope he starts from the bench against Argentina. Musa, Iheanacho and Moses provides pace, power and skills in the attack. Our midfield combo seems to be working perfectly with Etebo, Mikel and Ndidi. It was an absolutely wonderful performance from the SuperEagles today. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

    • Paschal 5 months ago

      Thanks for that. As far as am concerned, Omeruo is second most valuable player after Musa. He is the reason why they didnt score us from set pieces today. Hes so so good in the air and brought much needed stability to that hitherto worrying defence.

    • my brother i always said idowu is not the kind of player we need in this kind of formation becos he doesnt have skills to make runs on the flank. the problem we have from our games is rohr and his plans

  • Omaskels 5 months ago

    Right frm day one I av so much confidence in dis SE team.pls coach,let’s stick to dis formation against Argentina,I knw we can do it..Where are all d doubters ? Wen Eagles lost to Croatia Una bombard here with comments ,insulting d coach n everyone,now dey have won n truly silent d critics,Una don hide oo..shame on u ! Congrats to all patriotic SE fans n to d team.! Bring on Albiceleste !

    • Paschal 5 months ago

      You are very right. Its like when we lose thats when everybody comes to write rubbish. When we win you wont hear a word. Are we really patriotic in our support for Nigerias national team?

  • Sunnyb 5 months ago

    I still don’t have confidence in Rohr, the man started Idowu in 3-5-2 formation, substituting Etebo for Iwobi,Moses was tired he should  ve brought in Aweziem for Moses to kill the game.regardless I doff my hat for the players they did great, especially Musa and Etebo.

    • That was a perfect play and calculated substitution. Etebo was in the 90mins after 2 goals, common man. Idowu tried his best. He is the best man for the left wing back. Ebuehi also struggled to use left, it is why he committed that blunder and also inexperience. Idowu is more calculative tackling, going forward and staying back. Moses also helped a lot in defending after 2 goals and he pressed forward when he was suppose to, not tired at all. Give this man credit when he does well, please

      • Footballfanatic 5 months ago

        I respect your opinion on this game but I think ebuehi did very well apart from the penalty.

    • Foretesam 5 months ago

      @Sunnyb we know your types. People that see no good in whatever anybody does.
      Anyway Rohr has brought stability, organization, and dynamism to the super eagles. Never have I seen a Nigeria team play with different formations in a tournament. Kudos to Gernot Rohr.

    • The only reason Rohr substituted Idowu was the yellow card he received in the first half.  He will start against Arg…

    • Dr. Drey 5 months ago

      hihihiihihi…I jus dey laff…..Shame to bad people…!

    • Crownman 5 months ago

      @Sunnyb, that will be a tactical blunder if Moses is substituted for Awaziem. He cannot fit in to that role my brother. Let’s put that under the pillow I beg.
      Moses gave hs best o. He manned that flank with an above average play, if not perfectly.

  • Oga go and sit down,Rohr has done well.which awaziam.

  • Mr vick 5 months ago

    Congratulation to our darling super eagles for a job and the technical team for a job well done, lets do these again on tuesday , and for those critics especially EDOMAN AND CHIMA SAMUEL is not bad to criticize our team when the lose but the critism should be constructive not destructive.
    #i still believe
    #soar super eagles
    #the wing of african pride

    • PapaFem 5 months ago

      @Vick, any fan that lost hope in this team on the account of the loss against the Croats is undeserving of our attention. I’ve read some of them here saying the team won’t get a single point in this competition. Some even went to Etebo and Ogu’s Twitter handles raining abuses and insults on the young men. This is totally uncalled for because the the team didn’t play badly against the Croats. However, when you have a coach who trusted a wrong system and thinks the best way to approach a match is to play players out of positions , it’s always going to be difficult. Thank God. He repented today. And the result is there for all to see. I have a lot of hope in this team and if they can just put their acts together with the right tactical support from Rohr, they will surely go far.

  • Mr vick 5 months ago

    *well done

  • The world cup just started, the young lads are a history in the making, going where no African team has gone before. GR Ebuehi is too important and a vital player to this team. Age is but a number if you are good enough you are old enough.

    • Nice one bro. Moses and Ebuehi will really torment defences from the wings.

  • I disagree with this rating.
    Mikel was more of an 8/10 today and Very influential from the no 6 position. He kept working from start to end. The problem was that Moses kept killing our chances with greedy play till Ahmed banged in that goal…Though Moses still remains my best Eagle.
    Etebo was more of a 6/10 today. His dribbling was off today and he almost cost us a counter and he left a couple of tackles he could have made to God knows who which cost of loss of possession about 5 times today. If you are beaten, fall back and mark. Simple.
    Uzoho was a 7/10. There were a couple of crosses that passed his goal mouth which he could have got to before they almost got to opponents but he stayed back to play safe. Sometimes playing too safe emboldens your opponents and this brings long term danger. He should be more calculative of crosses from opponents, see when they are made and be adventurous to come out and catch(not punch) like Enyeama would. He didn’t even go the right way in the penalty.
    Wilifred Ndidi was an 8/10. You might not have seen it but there were a couple of dangerous build ups which he intercepted which were important.
    Leon was an 8/10. He used his height well for the first time in a Nigerian game and he almost scored…He should learn to use his height.
    Victor Moses was a 6/10- Victor is still my best eagle(and in my Fifa bet fantasy football team playing the position he played today) but today was not his day. He is naturally fast but he killed play a couple of times today and he should learn to stop diving and seeking sympathy from falls. Referees might pick up on this and disregard him in future…remember the story of the little pig that loved to raise false alarm till when a real wolf came and everybody said its just that little pig clowning.

    That being said….These are still my concerns with the Eagles and we need to perfect these before we play Argentina and go on to meet France in the second round. My concerns with this team are….
    (a) Their inferiority complex,(which was seen in the first half until Musa broke them out of it)
    (b)approach to play, (which was quite dull until Ahmed woke them from sleep)
    (c)lack of coordination,
    (d)lack of understanding,
    (e)lack of communication,
    (f)lack of urgency,
    (g)lack of man marking, (but they started doing this after Musas goal..They need to keep this up)
    (h)giving away of possession,
    (i)poor decision making,
    (j)slow tempo,(after Musas goal,the tempo increased and it earned us another Musa goal but our boys were panting…I was like what is going on?
    (k)clearing the ball without a plan or target eagle,(the coach really needs to work on this…even when at the back, the boys should be confident to look up and pass rather than just balloon the ball to stay safe…If they can’t look up,they should look for legs wearing bright green socks and play the ball to the feet rather than to the head…This hurt us against Croatia cos they were taller than us.. This was one of Keshi’s tactics…When we Play against shorter opponents-mainly South American teams… we keep the ball in the air cos they are short, but when we play against same height or taller opponents- especially Europeans, we should keep the ball on the ground.)
    (l)taking eyes off the ball, not chasing after the ball to rattle opponents,
    (m)inability to keep the ball on the ground rather than in the air,
    (n)Passing the ball into space on the run (watch Brazils games and you will understand this. This always creates opportunities to run against your opponents goal and would be perfect for Ahmed, Moses or Iwobi cos they are fast guys.)
    and (o)lack of risk taking up front …which the boys still exhibit.

    If we can get these a-o concerns right… We not only rattle any team…but we will be strong contenders for the cup not just the Quarters.

  • Then I think Odion should just go and rest abeg. He had a chance to score number 3 or at least do a backpass to a better team-mate in the dying moments of the game but still messed up with his sluggishness and indecision as usual! Oga Rohr abeg give Simeon a chance. Weldone Super Eagles!

  • Alexander Ochega 5 months ago

    Yes!, i love the comments today!, that’s how to be patroitic!, haba! at least, something to celebrate in this worldcup. Pls Rohr, lets keep to this formation sir, Igalo shld go and rest, it is clear that he is not in goal scoring mood, we don’t need players that will dull our spirits. Oh!, how i wish we used this set of players against Croatia, d story would have been different. Anyway, win or loose, SUPEREAGLES FOR LIFE!, NAIJA FOR LIFE!.

  • @CSN Hope mikel’s hand injury was not serious pls confirm for us oo God bless..

  • Ndubest 5 months ago

    Congratulations to everyone, I predicted the result yesterday and gave insight on the possible line up and formation but it was deleted cos it came from a reliable source and its like giving out our secret. All the players did well and deserve commendation but they need to put more effort against Argentina. The match will be explosive and those with HBP should be very careful as there would be so many nervy moments. The good news is that Nigeria will get the result they need. The match will end 1-1. Thank me after the match

  • I’m happy Rohr responded to the teeming ‘internet coaches’ swirling the space and changed his formation. This brought this positive result. Congratulations to all, especially @CSN. As we have stumbled on the most lethal start up players, I do hope we don’t introduce drastic changes. Only tweaking and fine-tuning, please. Kudos to Musa, Etebo, Uzoho for their fine performance …. and to all the players who wore the zappy jerseys. Argentina must fall.

  • OBSERVED ANALYSIS TO SUPER EAGLES AGAINST ICELAND.
    Congrats to all Nigerians. Na die i be dey! That musa need to be kicked in d ass a little bit.
    Balogun started shakingly and so sluggish and slow but later grew himself into the flow of the game. Against Argentina who are now a sleeping lion who want to quickly wake up before going hmmm, if balogun continue to sleep and sluggishly slow ARGENTINA and the little fellow might score 2 goals before balogun remember to be more assured.
    That second half team with Ebuehi who got some experience NOW, must start against THAT messi team! Omeruo is solid and must be more ruthless and decisive together with Ekong because that Messi team na brutal attacking lions!
    Uzoho is ok but my dear against messi Argentina uzoho will be very busy let him prepare for steady onslaught impromptu! Uzoho should study AND practice set piece AND penalty stop! Uzoho is expert in quickly diving wrong direction even before the ball is kicked! After training pls let uzoho still train 2hrs more for penalty stop and set piece! Sleeping lion ARGENTINA will wake up against Nigeria even a fool knows that.
    If Nigeria try that rubbish first half against ICELAND with Argentina hmmm, we will lose! That first half no single shot on goal, no deep penetrating runs behind defenders! No bite no urgency and no trying of things and they were afraid to make mistake! Maybe too stifling orders and instructions given by Rohr but if game plan ain t working instead of waiting for second half talk to change plans why not try things on ur own? Na GOD coaches be?
    Ola aina could have been a better iduwo because that iduwo is not super eagles material at all. EJIEJILE should be managed in his place quickly! Oh no what a missed opportunity for Chelsea ola aina because of just russia language speaker we have disappointed ourselves and the trust of ola aina by dropping him even when we all saw him against Argentina friendlies That he is GOOD and promising! Nigeria go Russia go learn or speak language? Iduwo has no business in that team at all. Ola aina Nigerians are very sorry! We love you Ola. Truth lives forever! Against Argentina pls super Eagles must never loss that match infact with their lives they must fight from the first second. Tell all the players if they go dey admire Messi they will lose! I pity slow balogun and mikel against messi! Uzoho must prepare for the saves of his life! For all eleven players?? Na war front. Even if we loss we’d want to loss been proud we fought hard and did THE right things. IHEANACHO CAN HURT OTAMENDI! IF OUR DEFENCE CAN POCKET MESSI THEN EKONG AND CO WILL GET BETTER CLUBS SNIFFING AROUND THEM. BYE

  • Congratulations to us all,more celebration is coming our way, up super eagle.

  • ATTAH victor ademu 5 months ago

    I think Mikel played above that rating.wishing the super eagles the very best