INTERNATIONALS: NIGERIA HIT SIX

Posted on: Mon 17 Jun 2013

The second game in Group B of the Confederations Cup in Brazil went according to expectations with Nigeria beating Tahiti comfortably.

John Mikel Obi and Kenneth Omeruo started for the African champions who ran out 6-1 winners over a nation 137 places below them in the FIFA world rankings. Tahiti are the first country other than Australia or New Zealand to represent Oceania in this tournament.

Nigeria were 3-0 up by half-time, Uwa Echiejile opening with a double deflected shot and Nnamdi Oduamadi netting twice.

Tahiti then pulled one back shortly after the interval when a corner struck beyond the far post was headed in. The celebrations would not have shamed a winning goal.

However the scorer, Jonathan Tehau, was then responsible for an own goal before Oduamadi secured a hat-trick and Echiejile recorded his second goal. The chances were there for several more for the Super Eagles over the 90 minutes but their finishing was at times wasteful.

Omeruo played 74minutes at centre-back and Mikel the whole game in the middle of a 4-3-3 formation, going close with one free-kick. Next up for Nigeria are Uruguay on Thursday with Tahiti facing the Spain test the same day.