Indiscipline costs Nigeria
Nigeria’s World Cup campaign lies in tatters after they were beaten 2-1 by Greece on Thursday. Round 16 betting odds 2010 world cup wise have slashed their chances of progressing.
The Africans were leading 1-0 after Kalu Uche’s free-kick deceived everyone and went in and everything looked to be going according to plan until a moment of madness from Sani Kaita on the half-hour mark.
Kaita inexplicably got himself red-carded for kicking out at Vasilis Torosidis with the ball going out for a harmless throw-in. It was a moment of madness from Kaita and although Torosidis made the most of the challenge it was a needless ‘assault’ on the Greek star.
And after that the momentum immediately swung in Greece’s favour as far as world cup round 16 betting goes. Otto Rehhagel’s men had looked one-paced and short of ideas until Kaita’s dismissal, but they equalised through Dimitrius Salpingidis’s defelected shot and took advantage of the extra man and grabbed a second-half winner through Torosidis’ tap in after keeper Vincent Enyeama spilled a long-range shot.
It leaves the Super Eagles bottom of the pile in Group B and a game against South Korea to keep alive their slim hopes of a place in the knock-out phase. A win could still take the Super Eagles through, as long as Argentina defeat Greece in their final group game, but Nigeria’s fate is well and truely out of their own hands.
Nigeria should have been in pole position to qualify behind group leaders Argentina, but Kaita’s red mist means they are now the outsiders of the group to set up a last-16 clash with the winners of Group A which could well be Mexico or Uruguay.