The Super Eagles of Nigeria were thrashed a mercilessly 4-0 early Sunday morning in their international friendly against Mexico at the imposing Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, simply known as LA Coliseum.
A brace from Atletico Madrid midfielder, Hector Herrera and goals from former Barcelona forward, Jonathan Dos Santos and Rogelio Funes Mori, who plies his trade in Mexico, secured the comfortable win for El Tri.
Mexico bossed the early exchange and deservedly went 1-0 up in the 2nd minute through skipper Herrera, who slammed home a corner after he was left unmarked at the far post.
Just two minutes later Mexico doubled their lead as Funes Mori finished off a cross from the right with his left foot.
Nigeria’s last win in a friendly match was in March 2019 when they beat Egypt 1-0 with a first-minute goal by Paul Onuachu.
In what was the concluding tie in the 2021 MexTour Series, Hector Hererra gave Mexico the lead after poking in from his team’s first corner kick barely two minutes into the game.
Though the fast tempo of the Mexicans was slowed down by the Eagles, the CONCACAF giants dominated virtually in all spheres of the game.
Nigeria’s first corner kick did not come until the 35th minute but they made little out of it.
It wasn’t all for Mexico in the first half as Nigeria had their own chance. However, with the sustained pressure from the Mexicans, the Super Eagles finally caved in for a third goal when Captain Herrera scored off a rebound after Nwabili spilt a save into the path of the onrushing midfielder.
Mexico made a flurry of changes to their team also and it was one of the new entrants Johnathan Dos Santos that sealed the win with his goal in the 78th minute.
While El Tri achieved their aim of ending their preparation for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup with a win, Sunday’s result will be a big disservice for those agitating for more chances for home-based players in the Nigeria national team. The team that lost to Mexico was full of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League.