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« on: June 18, 2013, 04:43:14 AM »
Nigeria beat Tahiti 6- 1



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NIGERIA was expected to beat Tahiti with a very wide margin to make qualification for the second round of the on-going FIFA Confederations Cup easier.
The Super Eagles obliged with a 6-1 victory in Bela Horizonte Monday. On paper, the scoreline looks massive, but in reality it still might not be enough to see Nigeria through to the second round.
Tahiti, the tiny Oceania Island country of less than a million people, is supposed to be the whipping team of Group B, which has such other giants of the game as world champions, Spain, and two-time World Cup winner, Uruguay.
Qualification from this group for Nigeria and Uruguay will depend on the number of goals scored against the Polynesian nation, with Spain almost certainly assured of picking the number one ticket from the pool.
At the stadium filled with fans supporting the underdogs, Nigeria started the game like a team on a mission to haul as many goals as possible, getting the first goal through Elderson Echiejile, whose fifth minute shot beat the despairing dive of Samin in goal for Tahiti.
Five minutes later, Nnamdi Oduamadi made it two for Nigeria and completed his brace in the 26th minute.
Thereafter, the Nigerians started losing scoring chances even when they had the goalkeeper at their mercy. The first half ended 3-0 in favour of Nigeria.
On resumption of the second half, the Tahitians, who hitherto looked timid, took the fight to the Eagles and buoyed by  the massive support of the spectators got a goal back in the  54th minute through Jonathan Tanau, who rose above Efe Ambrose to nod in Vahirua’s corner.
The goal seemed to have emboldened the Polynesians, but their bravado was short-lived as Nigeria resumed control of the game midway into the  second half.
With Coach Stephen Keshi urging the boys to go for more goals, Brown Ideye came off the bench to set up Oduamadi for his hat-trick goal, leaving the forward with the simplest of finishes with a low cross, before Echiejile got his name on the score sheet for certain with a low strike from eight yards out.
Before the game, the Tahitians took off their shell necklaces and gave them to the Nigerian players. Even Nigeria’s manager, Stephen Keshi, was given one and decided to wear it.
Unfortunately, Tahiti’s nice gesture didn’t help their luck.
Nigeria  will meet Uruguay in their second game of the group needing at least a draw to ensure qualification for the second round.
Speaking after the game, Coach Keshi said he would work on his players to get them ready for the big game on Thursday.
According to Keshi, “we had a tough time getting here, but we are going to work on our game because we have strong battles ahead in this group.”

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