Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says the Super Eagles lost to Croatia on Saturday due to “many mistakes.’’
Midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo’s own goal and a Luka Modric spot kick gave the Europeans a 2-0 win over the Africans in a Group D clash at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
In his post-match conference, Rohr said he and his players were aware they made some important mistakes during the game.
“We know we made some mistakes, too many important mistakes, and it is clear that we need to get better in order to move on,’’ he said.
“Our organisation was good, that is clear just as the tactics were not wrong, but we need to be more professional in the way we take the set-pieces. We need to be better before our next game,’’ he added.
Rohr admitted that the loss had made their task more herculean.
He also said, “Iwobi deserved his starting place, based on his performances in the last few days. He only had big work to do with the full back, and this took much out of him.
“However, he did well and I don’t think he shouldn’t have started the game,’’ he said.
“We will improve because it is important for us. We have to get better in order to move forward.’