Nigeria 3 Vs Algeria 1 Leekens disappointed with defeat

Leekens also rued the referee’s decision to allow Super Eagles second goal which was to him scored from an offside position.

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Georges Leekens play Georges Leekens disappointed with Algeria's loss to Nigeria (Bechir Ramzy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Coach of the Algerian national team Georges Leekens has expressed his disappointment in their 3-1 loss to Nigeria in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Algeria were beaten 3-1 by the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday, November 12 in Uyo in the matchday two of the qualifiers.

Ahmed Musa and Hicham Belkaroui play Nigeria beat Algeria 3-1 in Uyo on Saturday, November 12 (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

 

While expressing his disappointment, Leekens also rued the referee’s decision to allow Super Eagles second goal which was to him scored from an offside position.

In the 42nd minute, John Mikel Obi picked up a pass from his midfield partner Oghenekaro Etebo and after hesitating for a few seconds, the midfielder beat the goalkeeper for double Super Eagles lead.

Despite the protest from the Algerian players, the referee correctly ruled Mikel’s strike as a goal as he was played onside by an opposition defender.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi play Leekens claims that the Super Eagles second goal was an offside (Nigeria's midfielder Victor Moses (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup African zone group B qualifying football match between Nigeria and Algeria at the Akwa Ibom State Stadium in Uyo on November 12, 2016.)

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The Algerian coach, however, does not agree with the referee’s decision saying “Nigeria’s second goal is not valid. There was indeed an offside position of the attacker.

The assistant referee did not whistle this blatant foul.

This goal somewhat deconcentrated my players, especially before the break. With a deficit of one goal, we would have came back in the second half.”

Algeria are now bottom in Group B, level on point with Zambia who have a better goal difference and behind Cameroon who are second with two points, Nigeria lead with maximum six points in two games.

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