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Idowu optimistic Eagles will run Iceland down

Super Eagles left-back, Brian Idowu, who was a weak link in the match against Croatia, as the opponents found it easy to attack the Nigerian goal from the right full-back as he was not firm and definitive enough wading away the team’s opponent from making dangerous incursions into the Eagles goal area, has said that, it was a big surprise that the Eagles couldn’t defend the goal area from conceding goals from corner kick, an aspect which took majority of the team’s training session after the Eagles conceded most of the goals in the friendly games from this aspect of the game.
”We worked on the defense with the standards, because in the friendly games we conceded from corners. At first it seemed that we were coping, I even thought that our work was not in vain. But in the end it turned out that the two goals were from corner kicks,” Idowu told reporters after the match against Croatia.
‘It seems that everything went well, but the ball hit the heel of Etebo, and we missed the goal. It became more difficult for us to play, because before the missed goal the game was equal, but then the Croats began to act more confidently and began to use our free zones.”
Idowu is optimistic that the Nigerian would see a different team when the Eagles confront Iceland on une 22. The Russia-based defender, stated that, the Eagles saving grace would that the Icelandish team does not have superstars like Rakitic and Modric, in this regard they will be easier, we will go on to go more attacks never be hesitant to score goals when the opportunity is created.
”Everything can change in our group, it seems to me, it is the toughest: any team can come out on top. The second game is very important for us, it will be like the final.”
The Saint Petersburg-born Idowu has been ruled out from the possibility of playing for the Russian national soccer team after making his competitive debut against the Croatians in his country of birth.
The Eagles’ chief coach, Gernot Rohr, has added to Brian Idowu optimism when he said the Eagles will surely do better than what they produced in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Croatia in their Group D opener in Kaliningrad.
The youthful Super Eagles’ deficiencies on set-piece were exploited by an experienced Croatia squad while the attack created very little offensively. “I think these young players need time to learn, sometimes they were a little bit naive on the set pieces but we will work on it.”

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