Super Eagles manager, Jose Peseiro, has acknowledged reasons why his team lost to Portugal at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
The head coach admitted that his team’s 4-0 loss against his native Portugal in the friendly match on Thursday was too much.
Portugal secured their well-deserved victory thanks to goals in the second half from Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario and a brace in the first half from Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes.
However, when Bright Osayi-Samuel was brought down, the Eagles had an opportunity to cut the score with a penalty kick. But Emmanuel Dennis’ attempt to pull one back from the spot was blocked by the Portuguese goalkeeper, Rui Patricio.
Peseiro, however, said that the Eagles’ first-half performance was subpar when speaking to NFF TV after the match.
“Losing 4-0 was too much, we didn’t start well in the first half we didn’t show good organisation and we didn’t pressure the opponent. It’s true the opponent has too much quality but like I said the first half was not good but the second half was much better.
“I believe in the second half we showed we can so better, we missed a penalty and conceded two more goals. We must improve because we want to win the next AFCON,” he said.
Portugal played their last exhibition match against the Super eagles before travelling to Qatar for the World Cup.