Gernot Rohr Speaks On Performance Of ‘New’ Eagles

By Ikenga Chronicles September 12, 2019

Gernot Rohr Speaks On Performance Of ‘New’ Eagles

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr says he is pleased with the performance of the Super Eagles in Tuesday night’s 2-2 friendly draw with Ukraine at the Dnipro Arena.

The Eagles mounted pressure on the hosts defence in the first half and led 2-0 at the break with goals from Joe Aribo and Victor Osimhen.

Debutant, Joe Aribo put the Super Eagles ahead in the fourth minute following an enterprising display of skills by Samuel Kalu.

Three minutes after the half hour-mark, the Super Eagles doubled their lead with Lille star Victor Osimhen scoring his first goal for the three-time African champion from the spot to further silence the home fans.

Ukraine finally broke the Super Eagles resistance in the 78th minute, thanks to Oleksandr Zinchenko’s brilliant movement and finish.

A minute later – 79th minute– RomanYaremchuk netted a controversial hand-aided goal to draw the host level, and both sides battled to end it in a stalemate in Dnipro.

Speaking on the game Rohr described the match as a great one adding that the result was natural in view of the fact that the Ukrainians played at home.

“We saw a great match. Both teams played quality football. We dominated the first half, but Ukraine played at home, so the result is natural.

“After the break, they did much better. This team is ranked 24th in the FIFA rankings, leading the way in its Euro-2020 qualifying group and is likely to reach the finals of the continent.”

The German tactician further said that the game was a game of two halves noting that Super Eagles were dominant in the first half while their host took over proceedings in the second half.

“A wonderful test match. Both opponents demonstrated high-quality football. We won the first half, but Ukraine played at home, so the result is logical.

“After the break, the opponent did much better. Would I like to be grouped with the Ukrainian team in an official tournament? No.”