Nigeria blow away Tahiti in Confederations Cup

Nigeria blow away Tahiti in Confederations Cup

Nigeria blow away Tahiti in Confederations Cup

And so, the African representatives at the Confederations Cup, Nigeria, won with the highest margin so far in the tournament in a 6-1 thrashing of lowly ranked Oceanic champions Tahiti. Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hatrick for the Super Eagles, and was complemented in the scoring charts by Uwa Elderson Echiejile with a brace, and an own goal by Jonathan Tehau, who had also scored the consolation for Tahiti.

Two days earlier, hosts Brazil had spanked Asian Cup winners Japan 3-0, courtesy of goals by Neymar, Paulinho and Man City reject, Jo. A day later, it was the turn of Euro runners-up, Italy, to speed past CONCACAF Gold Cup holders, Mexico, winning 2-1 through Mario Balotelli’s winner, after Javier Hernandez’s penalty had cancelled out Andrea’s Pirlo opener.

World and Euro Cup holders, Spain, similarly won 2-1 against Copa America victors, Uruguay, through goals by Pedro Rodriguez and Valencia’s Roberto Soldado, before Liverpool’s want away striker, Luis Suarez, reduced the deficit in the dying minutes of the game.

Nigeria won comfortably, but suffered the embarrassment of conceding against the world’s 138-ranked team. Tahiti, with only one pro player in their squad, were at odds to finish the Confed Cup without scoring a goal. Certainly, Tehau’s goal must have felt like a victory.

The Super Eagles top Group B with 3 points ahead of Spain on goal difference, with Mexico coming third and Tahiti last, but both with zero points. In Group A, Brazil also leads Italy on goal difference with 3 points each, while Mexico and Japan occupy the third and fourth spots.

The next Group A fixtures will be played tomorrow Wednesday 19th, when the Seleccao face off against Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, with El Tricolor looking for a first win in the tournament. Later on, the Azzuri will be looking to pip Japan’s Samurai Blue at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, to put one foot into the semis of the tournament.

On Thursday, Group B action will get underway with La Roja certain to get maximum points against Tahiti’s Team Fenua at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, with Nigeria and Uruguay facing off at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, in what should be the round’s scintillating match.

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