The Super Eagles of Nigeria were on Tuesday humbled by the 2-0 defeat to the Serbian team in a pre-World Cup friendly match at the Hive Stadium in London.
The Eagles, managed by coach Gernot Rohr, ended their six-match unbeaten run no thanks to a second half brace by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
However, his persistence paid off in the 68th minute when he guided the ball home following a good footwork by Dusan Tadic, before completing his brace the 81st minute.
Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was jittery at the opening stage and almost gifted the Serbians the lead in the first half when his indecision led to Mitrovic heading a loose ball into the net.
The Serbian forward protested that the ball had crossed the line but there was no goal-line technology or video assisted referee in use.
Serbia had lost 1-2 to Morocco in their previous friendly match and needed a morale-boosting display against the Super Eagles.
The Eagles’ best chance fell to Alex Iwobi after a deft touch by Wilfred Ndidi but the Arsenal player saw his effort blocked by a Serbian defender.
Odion Ighalo was introduced in the second half in place of Victor Moses, who was unusually quiet in the match but it didn’t stop the Serbians from dominating proceedings.
Rohr Introduced John Ogu and Moses Simon to firm up his side but the Serbians exploited the right side of Eagles’ defence to the advantage of Mitrovic.
The Super Eagles have five days ago narrowly won their Pre-World Cup friendly match against Poland, 1-0.