Pulse Sports review the performance of the Super Eagles players against Serbia.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were beaten 2-0 by a dominant Serbian team in a friendly game played on Tuesday, March 27 at The Hive Stadium in London.
Aleksandar Mitrovic netted a second-half brace in the friendly to see off the Super Eagles.
But how did the Super Eagles players fare in this game?
Pulse Sports rate their performance
Francis Uzoho (Goalkeeper)
In his second start and third game for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Uzoho showed good reflexes and defended set pieces better than against Poland. He was quick to cover up his defenders and made some good saves.
He, however, conceded two goals, was poor in his distribution and failed to command his are very well.
Tyronne Ebuehi (Right-Back)
In for the injured Shehu Abdullahi, Ebuehi was overwhelmed with the pressure from the Serbs. Couldn’t cope with the trickery of Filip Kostic. Was well beaten in the build-up to the second goal of the night.
William Troost-Ekong (Central defence)
Was impressive again although the two goals conceded do not paint his defence in glory. Had a good individual game but failed to communicate well with his partner Awaziem. Was beaten in the build-up to the second goal and was caught off position several times.
Chidozie Awaziem (Central defence)
Guilty of trying to impress but did have some good individual moment. He, however, failed to partner well with Troost-Ekong. Failed to deal with Aleksandar Mitrovi? as the striker netted twice to give Serbia the win.
Brian Idowu (Left-back)
Did his job and took care of his side of the defence very well. Not much danger came from the left side of defence although and tried with some attacking runs.
Was, however, part of the defence that conceded two goals.
Wilfred Ndidi (Defensive midfield)
Went about his business once again and stayed very deep to help the defence. Made some good passes up front and held on to the ball well.
Ogenyi Onazi (Defensive midfield)
Poor game from the Trabzonspor man tried to defend well but offered nothing with the ball. His could not retain possession to help ease the press on the Super Eagles.
Joel Obi (Central Midfield)
Seemed confused about his role. Created nothing with the ball and didn’t go deep enough to help out in defence.
He was supposed to be the creative midfielder and the more forward of the other players in the middle but was never in any threatening position.
Victor Moses (Forward)
Tried to do it on his own, also looked like Super Eagles most dangerous player. Nothing was working for him but he kept trying for the first 45 minutes that he played.
Alex Iwobi (Forward)
Another poor game although he showed effort. Was drifting into the middle a lot to create and showed some fine footwork. Footwork, however, don’t win games and he was nowhere close to helping the Super Eagles do that.
Ahmed Musa (Forward)
Started in central position up front but never got any chance. Tried to use his pace to his advantage but there was no space.
Odion Ighalo (Striker)
The story of the first half might have been different if he started. Was very lively when he came on at the start of the second half and had no service whatsoever.
Moses Simon (Forward)
Came on in the 76th minute but didn’t get a chance to use his pace. He made the efforts though.
John Ogu (Midfield)
Came on in place of Obi but couldn’t stop the Serbians from scoring. Didn’t get into the box on time before the Super Eagles conceded the second goal and got a yellow card following a scuffle he was involved in.
Mikel Agu (Midfielder)
Came on after the second goal and can’t be rated.
Ola Aina (Defender)
Made very little impact in his less than five minutes appearance and can’t be rated.
Junior Ajayi (Striker)
Barely touched the ball when he came on just before the full-time whistle. Can’t be rated.