Czech Republic down Super Eagles in Austria
NEWS DIGEST –Nigeria suffered another blow to their World Cup preparations as they fell to Czech Republic in their final friendly game ahead of the tournament which kicks off next thursday.
Tomas Kalas scored the only goal of the game after he pounced on a rebound from Tomas Soucek’s close-range header which was parried by Francis Uzoho.
The closest Nigeria came to levelling before the break was Wilfred Ndidi’s 30-yard drive which was brilliantly tipped around the post by Tomas Vaclik in the Czech goal.
Although a downpour briefly interrupted play in the early stages of the second half, Nigeria played with more intent after half-time and went close in the 63rd minute, as John Obi Mikel saw a header saved by Vaclik.
Despite Nigeria’s efforts and attack-minded approach, a late equaliser never arrived, consigning them to a second successive defeat in their World Cup preparation games.
The defeat represents a major worry for coach Gernot Rohr heading into the tournament as the Super Eagles have now lost three of their last four friendly matches
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