Siasia blames referee, strikers, as Spain compounds Flying Eagles’ woes

A sad Siasia said it was frustrating watching the referee making life difficult for his team, adding, “It seems the referees don’t want us in the second round. The second goal against us was not a penalty.

“Again, any time we jumped to head a ball the referee called a foul against us. It is frustrating.”

Siasia did not, however, spare his attackers from blame, saying that the forwards have let him down.

“My strikers were asleep, and in football, if you don’t score a goal you cannot win matches,” he said.

Spain made life miserable for Samson Siasia with a clinical lesson on marksmanship at the Al Salaam Stadium, Cairo, venue of Group B matches of the on-going Egypt 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Nigeria had lost its first match against Venezuela 0-1 and needed at least a draw to still harbour hopes of qualification for the second round.

But Luis Milla’s Spain had other ideas, relying on Arsenal youngster, Fran Merida, to account for the scalp of the Flying Eagles.

Nigeria made a promising start to the game and should have taken the lead in the opening minutes, but Odion Ighalo completely scuffed his close-range shot with only Sergio Asenjo to beat.

Throughout the game, the Flying Eagles dominated possession and shots on goal. However, they were unable to test Asenjo on a sufficient number of occasions, although King Osanga tested the Atletico Madrid stopper with a 25-yard drive in the first half.

Spain grew into the game and began to put sustained pressure on Nigeria’s backline, before taking the lead in the 33rd minute.

Merida made an excellent run from deep that no one picked up, and had the time and technique to chip Uche Okafor to put Spain into the lead.

The Arsenal man almost made it 2-0 just before half time, but Okafor was equal to his low effort.

Nigeria redoubled its efforts in the second half as Spain sat back, and it nearly paid off. Asenjo pulled off an excellent save from Omatsone Aluko before Daniel Adejo headed home from a corner, but referee Frank de Bleeckere cut the Africans’ celebrations short as he had already blown for a foul.

Siasia felt aggrieved at the way Spain extended its lead, as Rabiu Ibrahim was penalised for a trip on Ander Herrera in the penalty area in the 83rd minute.

Merida confidently dispatched the spot kick, and Nigeria’s misery was completed by the dismissal of Gbolahan Salami just a minute later.

The result gives Spain a perfect record after two games, while Nigeria is struggling to stay in the competition after two defeats.

The Flying Eagles could still make the second round if they are adjudged as one of the four best third place teams in the round robin stage to add to the 12 automatic qualifiers, who reached the second round as the first two finishers in each of the six groups.

But even that is a distant possibility because Nigeria failed to score a goal in its first two matches during which it had a man sent off in each of the games.

The team could avoid a completely ignominious exit from Egypt 2009 if they could comprehensively defeat Tahiti in its last matcFLYING Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, yesterday blamed referee, Frank de Bleeckere, and Nigeria’s strikers for yesterday’s 0-2 loss to Spain, which put the country’s chances of making the second round in doubt.

A sad Siasia said it was frustrating watching the referee making life difficult for his team, adding, “It seems the referees don’t want us in the second round. The second goal against us was not a penalty.

“Again, any time we jumped to head a ball the referee called a foul against us. It is frustrating.”

Siasia did not, however, spare his attackers from blame, saying that the forwards have let him down.

“My strikers were asleep, and in football, if you don’t score a goal you cannot win matches,” he said.

Spain made life miserable for Samson Siasia with a clinical lesson on marksmanship at the Al Salaam Stadium, Cairo, venue of Group B matches of the on-going Egypt 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Nigeria had lost its first match against Venezuela 0-1 and needed at least a draw to still harbour hopes of qualification for the second round.

But Luis Milla’s Spain had other ideas, relying on Arsenal youngster, Fran Merida, to account for the scalp of the Flying Eagles.

Nigeria made a promising start to the game and should have taken the lead in the opening minutes, but Odion Ighalo completely scuffed his close-range shot with only Sergio Asenjo to beat.

Throughout the game, the Flying Eagles dominated possession and shots on goal. However, they were unable to test Asenjo on a sufficient number of occasions, although King Osanga tested the Atletico Madrid stopper with a 25-yard drive in the first half.

Spain grew into the game and began to put sustained pressure on Nigeria’s backline, before taking the lead in the 33rd minute.

Merida made an excellent run from deep that no one picked up, and had the time and technique to chip Uche Okafor to put Spain into the lead.

The Arsenal man almost made it 2-0 just before half time, but Okafor was equal to his low effort.

Nigeria redoubled its efforts in the second half as Spain sat back, and it nearly paid off. Asenjo pulled off an excellent save from Omatsone Aluko before Daniel Adejo headed home from a corner, but referee Frank de Bleeckere cut the Africans’ celebrations short as he had already blown for a foul.

Siasia felt aggrieved at the way Spain extended its lead, as Rabiu Ibrahim was penalised for a trip on Ander Herrera in the penalty area in the 83rd minute.

Merida confidently dispatched the spot kick, and Nigeria’s misery was completed by the dismissal of Gbolahan Salami just a minute later.

The result gives Spain a perfect record after two games, while Nigeria is struggling to stay in the competition after two defeats.

The Flying Eagles could still make the second round if they are adjudged as one of the four best third place teams in the round robin stage to add to the 12 automatic qualifiers, who reached the second round as the first two finishers in each of the six groups.

But even that is a distant possibility because Nigeria failed to score a goal in its first two matches during which it had a man sent off in each of the games.

The team could avoid a completely ignominious exit from Egypt 2009 if they could comprehensively defeat Tahiti in its last match.



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