AFCON 2019: Rohr’s words after Nigeria failed to beat Algeria

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has reacted to outcome of Nigeria’s match against Algeria in the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt on Sunday.

Speaking during a post match interview, Rohr admitted that the Nigeria lost to a better side after conceding a goal in the last minute.

He said:

“Until the last minute, Algeria had a better first half than us, but we came back a much better team in the second half.

“Unfortunately, we conceded a goal in the last minute.

“I think the players wanted to go to extra-time believing that perhaps Algeria will get tired and we could win the match in extra time.

“It was a wonderful game.

“We lost it, so we are not happy.

“Congrats to the winners.

“They were the better team in the first half.

“We scored an own goal.

“We were unlucky but we came back like we have always done all the time in this tournament.

“When we found ourselves in a difficult situation, we always reacted and we did that also today coming back through a penalty and playing a better second half.

“But a wonderful free-kick from a football genius made the difference.

“In our last game, we won in the last minute against South Africa and today we lost.

“That’s football.”

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