Denmark’s U-23 team taught Nigerian coach Samson Siasia a lesson, as the team defeated Nigeria’s U-23 side 6-2 in Saturday’s early morning match in the Suwon four nation tournament at the Goyang Sports Complex.
The Danish side wasted no time as they bullied, outsmarted, and dominated possession with ease, which eventually paid off in the 26th minute as Nigeria’s Erhun Obanor conceded an own goal to give Denmark an early lead.
Despite Nigeria’s team coach, Samson Siasia blaming the team’s 1-0 defeat to South Korea in the opening match to fatigue, it was expected that the team would overcome Denmark, a situation which never happened.
The European side increased their goal tally as Emil Larsen scored a hat-trick in the 34th, 38th and 54th minutes respectively, while Patrick Da Silva made it 6-0 for the Danish side. Nigeria later pulled two goals back through Taiwo Awoniyi in the 85th and 88th minutes, as the game ended 6-2 in favor of Denmark.
The team’s next game against Honduras is a mere formality as they are no longer in contention for the Suwon tournament trophy, but it serves as another good preparation for the team ahead of the Rio 2016 games which kicks-off in August.
Meanwhile, Siasia has accounted the team’s embarrassing 6-2 defeat to Denmark to careless mistakes from his players.
“We got it wrong from the blast of the referee’s whistle we made so many mistakes we didn’t play like we were meant to. The Danes did not play so well in their first game but they were tactically sound and we simply did not know how to defend against them. There were too many blunders on our side. We allowed them to control and pass the ball and that’s how we got killed,” Siasia said.
“It’s so embarrassing I have never lost by six goals anywhere since I started my coaching career. All the same that’s why we are here to look at the guys that can play and the ones that we can take to the Olympics. It is very embarrassing not because we lost but the way we lost. Now we have to snap out of it. We still have one more game to play we will work hard to see that one turns out differently,” said Siasia to thenff.com.