In the latest Nigeria news, defender Leon Balogun has admitted the Super Eagles need to get better if they are to qualify for the last-16.
Nigeria slumped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Croatia on Saturday evening to make a losing start to their World Cup campaign.
An unfortunate own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and penalty from Luka Modric were enough to seal the win for the Croats, who now top Group D after Argentina could only manage a draw with Iceland.
Nigeria rarely troubled Croatia throughout the game with Victor Moses looking like their most lively player and he spurned the Super Eagles’ best chance in the second half after scuffing a left foot shot wide of the near post.
And Balogun, who will join Brighton after the World Cup, admits his side need to improve, particularly from a defensive point of view.
“We lost this game (Vs Croatia) and it’s gone. As a team, no need to dwell on that, but just have to learn from the mistakes and prepare to win the next match,” Balogun told CSN after the match.
“Yes, we lost through set-pieces. It was tough, both in defending set-pieces and trying to get goals through set-pieces.
“I think that generally, we didn’t create many chances. However, there is no need to drop our heads because of this loss. Of course, we need to look dangerous offensively. It was not that bad as we were confident with the ball, but we need to create more chances.
“The best we can do now is to focus on ourselves, criticize and analyse what went wrong and what we did well too, and stick to a positive mentality.”
Nigeria must get something from their next group game against Iceland and can be backed at 19/10 with Bet365 to take victory.