Saturday, June 23, 2018

Emeka Ezeibe's Player Ratings: Nigeria vs Iceland.

FRANCIS UZOHO: Showed composure for the entire duration of the match. 
Charged at his defence and co-ordinated them properly. Kept us in the game especially
 in the first half. 7
LEON BALOGUN: Played with maturity and seems to improve with each game. 
Surged forward on some occasions. 6

WILLIAM TROOST: Provided cover for the young keeper and matched the giant Icelandic
 players' man to man. A much-improved performance compared to his last game. 6
KENNETH OMERUO: Was the calming effect in the defence line. Won all his aerial duel 
with ease. Was involved in the build-up for the first goal and provided assistance 
for the second.
Hugely underrated with a master class performance. 8
VICTOR MOSES: Played with gusto and was a constant threat from the flank. 
Provided the assist for the first goal. 7
BRYAN IDOWU: Was the weakest link of the team. Didn’t provide much support going
 
forward. Cautioned before the end of the first half and was subsequently substituted. 
Flop of the match. 3
MIKEL OBI: Was in total control of the midfield and marshaled it like a General. Superb performance from the Eagles Skipper. 8
OGHENEKARO ETEBO: A Decent performance from the former Warri Wolves 
play-maker. Provided cover for Mikel to dominate. 7
WILFRED NDIDI: Almost got a goal, save for the alertness of the opposing keeper.
 Didn't really allow the Icelanders to switch play from midfield to attack. 7
AHMED MUSA: Showed great technique for the first goal and was cool, calm, collected 
and composed for the second. 
Man of the match performance from the CSKA Moscow Man.10
KELECHI IHEANACHO: Didn't worry the opponent’s much in the first half but his hold up play was decent. 6
TYRONE EBUEHI: Provided support from the left wing upfront and tracked back to cover loose balls. His low point was committing a foul that led to the penalty which was missed by Sigurdsson. 5
ODION IGHALO & ALEX IWOBI: The duo couldn't do much as the Eagles are already in total control of the game and cruising to victory. 6

EXTRA NOTES:
1: According to OptaJoe, Nigeria is the first team to not have a single shot in the first half of a world cup game since South Korea vs Algeria in Brazil 2014.
2. The organization was superb at the back.
3. Bryan didn't really give much support upfront.
4. The Eagles had an outstanding performance in the second half.

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