The reigning World and European Champions, the Spanish Armada on Sunday confirmed their supremacy over Nigeria’s Super Eagles with a 3-0 win in the FIFA Confederations’ Cup.
The Spaniards drew the first blood in the 3rd minute when Jordi Alba slipped in to score. The Eagles regained composure within minutes and started making daring runs. None of the runs however paid off as the Eagles’ attackers could not get past the Spanish goalkeeper. The Eagles however gave a good showing in the first half which ended 1-0. They continued to impress in the second half with good passes and nice moves.
While Nigeria’s bite-lacking attack force squandered chances, Chelsea’s Fernando Torres increased the tally in the 63rd minute while Alba scored his second goal of the match 15 minutes later.
The Eagles are out of the competition having lost 2-1 to Uruguay. Tahiti, the whipping boys of the group went home with 24 goals against them while the only goal they recorded was in their 6-1 loss to Nigeria. Spain however qualified with maximum points, beating Uruguay 2-1, Tahiti 10-0 and Nigeria 3-0.
The Spaniards will meet the Azzuris of Italy in the semi-finals.
The match exposed the lack of bite in the Eagles’ attack, as they recorded 13 shots with only 3 of them well directed. Coach Stephen Keshi described the loss as part of a “learning curve against a very good team.” The Nigerian Head Coach admitted that “we created chances, we just couldn’t finish”.