Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles lost 6-5 to Oman in a closely matched encounter at the ongoing Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay on Sunday.
Nigeria suffered a huge 10-1 defeat at the hands of Portugal in the opening game on Friday and came into this second group D game knowing only a win would give them a realistic chance of reaching the second round.
Oman quickly went 2-0 up, however. First, Eid Al Farsi’s left-footed curler went beyond Nigeria’s goalkeeper Dami Paul, before Jalal Al Sinani’s scored via a scissor kick from a well-worked corner.
Early in the second period, Emeka Ogbonna scored twice to drag the Africans level. However, the Asians scored three consecutive goals from Mushel Al Araimi, Al Farsi and Sami Al Bulushi to lead 5-2 at the end of the second period.
Ogbonna then completed his hat-trick after profiting from an awkward bounce in front of the Oman goal post before Adams Taiwo fired low into the corner to bring the Eagles within one goal of their opponents.
Oman captain Khalid Al Oraimi scored moments later to give his side a two-goal lead once again before Abu Azeez set up Godspower Igudia for Nigeria’s fifth of the game.
However, that wasn’t enough as Nigeria lost 6-5 in the end and have been eliminated.
Nigeria will face already qualified Brazil tomorrow in their final group game while already Portugal take on Oman with a qualification spot on the line.