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World Cup 2018: Nigeria Can Qualify If We Beat Iceland – Gernot Rohr



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Coach Gernot Rohr of Nigeria is not giving up hope of making it to the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, despite losing 2-0 to Croatia in their first match.

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Nigeria conceded both goals from poor defending of corner kicks, as Oghenekaro Etebo put the ball in his own net from a diving Mandzukic header.

Troost-Ekong fouled Mandzukic in the box, in an attempt to get at a corner kick. The resulting penalty was duly converted by Modric.

Rohr admitted his fault at the poor set piece defending of his squad and is hoping to get a win against Iceland in their next group fixture.


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“We are disappointed. We recognize that Croatia had the better team tonight and my young players made mistakes, again on the corners,” Rohr said after the game.

“The first goal was a corner, the second goal a penalty from a corner. There were also many fouls in the other box, they could have also given a penalty for us. Now we have to win against Iceland. If we win the next game, all is possible for qualification.”

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