A disappointed Super Eagles outfit will bounce back, winger Victor Moses said on Saturday night after a 2-0 loss to Croatia in their opening group match of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium.
The Super Eagles were full of energy in the early stages of the match but were unable to trouble the Croatian defence.
Croatia’s dominance eventually paid off in the 32nd minute as Mario Mandzukic’s diving header inside the box was diverted into the net by Oghenekaro Etebo, 1-0.
The Vatreni were awarded a penalty 20 minutes before time after Mandzukic was tugged by William Troost-Ekong in the box. Luka Modric stepped up to make it 2-0 from the spot-kick.
“We kept going and did the best we could do in the game,” the Chelsea wing back said shortly after the game.
“Croatia are very good side. They kept the ball very well and troubled us.
“We did the very best we could do.
“We are looking forward to the next game.
On the penalty, he recalled, “I don’t really know whether it was a penalty or not. When I spoke to Troost-Ekong he said that there was a touch. Obviously the referee made the final decision. They had a penalty and scored from it.”
The former Wigan star shrugged off the disappointments of the loss to the Blades and declared that the Eagles are looking forward to the next one against Iceland.
“We are looking forward to the next game against Iceland.
“We have a long way to go. Iceland are a very good side. We have quality players individually to go out there to win the game.
“We have a young side. It’s not how young or old. Football is football. We need to work hard collectively and win the next game.
Speaking further he posited that the Croats had players with UEFA Champions League experience but the Eagles didn’t have any element of luck in the tie at Kaliningrad.
“Croatia have a lot of talented players with UEFA Champions League experience week in week out. That showed today (Saturday). If you look at the way they organized themselves it tells a lot.”
“We were organized as well but obviously the goal they scored was unlucky for us. We need to win our next two games and move forward. We need to shift our focus to the Iceland game and put things right.”