Last time Super Eagles without scoring four or more goals in a 5-0 friendly loss against Catalonia on December 22, 1998.
Portugal’s World Cup squad, stripped of its biggest name, saw Cristiano Ronaldo beat the Eagles 4-0 in Lisbon on Thursday.
In the seventh game under coach Jose Peseiro, the Eagles lost their fifth game. They say friendlies aren’t really about winning, they’re about education.
The Portuguese tactician has seen the Eagles need a new set of centre-backs if their ambitions to win the next Nations Cup are to be fulfilled.
Below are the player ratings.
Francis Uzoho, 90 min, 5/10
Uzoho was not to blame for the goals, although he showed clay feet trying to avoid the Portuguese press. He made quite a few stops but didn’t show the ability to organize the defenders in front of him.
Bright Osayi-Samuel, 90 min, 6/10
Perhaps the only bright spot for Peseiro. The Fenerbahce midfielder showed his skill and composure to score Portugal’s second goal despite an unlucky hand. That comeback was won by a penalty shot by Emmanuel Dennis.
Kevin Akpoguma, 90 min, 4/10
The Hoffenheim defender, 27, showed he is not cut out for the international stage. Often, he was caught watching the ball and there was no communication with his other centre-back.
William Troost-Ekong, 90 min, 3/10
However this should be said, Ekong is not the way forward. The Watford man has tried with Nigeria, but now should be the time to go easy. He was in no control of the situation and still cannot live if his life was dependent on it.
Calvin Bassey, 90 min, 4/10
Perhaps the friendly label allowed him to become defensive and slow down his attitude. The Ajax man was more interested in attacking than defending and left plenty of space behind for the Portuguese to exploit. And really, what is his best position? Left back or central defender?
Wilfred Patience, 45 min, 3/10
This was Ndidi’s worst game for the Eagles as he was completely ineffective. I can’t remember the Leicester man making a successful attack. It could be due to the injury, from which the midfielder is returning.
Alex Iwobi, 90 mins, 6.5/10
Iwobi continues to burnish his status as one of the Eagles’ most important creative players. The Everton man was always decisive with his passing and movement and was miles ahead of his teammates.
Joe Aribo, 68 min, 5/10
Aribo created a subdued version of his usually energetic displays, augmented by moments of elegance. The tactics he played near No. 9 may have affected his display.
Moses Simon, 75 min, 5/10
The Nantes man was full of run and effort, but the end product was lacking. The disastrous kick resulted in four corner kicks and three free kicks being missed. From the highs of the Nations Cup, we’re back to disappointing Simon.
Ademola Lookman, 45 min, 4/10
Lookman was absent in the first half and Nuno Mendes defended well and negated his influence.
Terem Moffi, 58 min, 4/10
A very poor offering from the Lorient attacker, who has already plundered 10 Ligue 1 goals. Moffi tried to tie the game, but scoring opportunities dwindled.
Frank Onyeka, 45 min, 5/10
Onyeka came more into the game and made a pass that opened up the Portuguese defense in the second half. His last ball could be better.
Samuel Chukwueze, 45 min, 6/10
Chukwueze came on in the second half and threatened the Portuguese defense at least three times. In the 71st minute, when Patricio scored, Onuach also teed it up in the last minute.
Paul Onuachu, 32 min, 5/10
The Belgian league’s top scorer showed some nice touches, but the manager seemed to be trying to please him in what was Peseiro’s first appearance. Instead of trying to tie the game, he should have tried to get into scoring positions. out of the box
Oghenekaro Etebo, 22 min, 4/10
When the Cypriot midfielder entered, he tried to set the pace but the intensity of the ball has dropped.
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Emmanuel Dennis, 15 min, 2/10
There is not much to add to the missed penalty when he was not the designated one. It showed that rumors of a big ego could be true, which doesn’t bode well for team bonding.
Jose Peseiro, 3/10
The Portuguese manager is still in development and building mode, which means that he should not be taken too seriously in terms of heavy failure. But one notable note in the seven games he has managed is that the Eagles have conceded three times in the first 10 minutes, and another in the 11th minute.
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