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0 vs 3
Played
June 23, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo — Fortaleza, Ceará
Referee:‬ J. Aguilar‎
Attendance:‬ 51263‎
 
 
Jordi Alba 3′
 
 
Jordi Alba 88′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Nigeria 0-3 Spain

Alba, Torres and Iniesta get top marks for scintillating performances, while Joseph Akpala was wasteful as the African side heads home after elimination.

By Eric Gomez in Fortaleza

  • Vincent Enyeama
    4
    0
    3.00

    Vincent Enyeama

    An excellent performance from the Maccabi Tel-Aviv keeper, who repeatedly denied Spain despite being beaten three times.

  • Godfrey Oboabona
    0
    2
    2.00

    Godfrey Oboabona

    Repeatedly tested (and beaten) by Spain's classy attackers, the Sunshine Stars man was unable to keep up with the quick attacks of the world champions.

  • Uwa Elderson Echiejile
    2
    1
    2.00

    Uwa Elderson Echiejile

    The Braga man struggled to hold his own against Soldado and Fabregas, who attacked his side consistently.

  • E. Ambrose
    0
    2
    2.50

    E. Ambrose

    Credited with starting most of Nigeria's attacks on the right wing, but he was completely out of sync defensively.

  • Kenneth Omeruo
    1
    0
    2.50

    Kenneth Omeruo

    Unfortunate outing for Omeruo, who had to be subbed out after suffering an early injury.

  • John Obi Mikel
    11
    0
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Mikel is all class, all the time. Despite slowing down a touch in the second half, the Chelsea player was once again the main man for the Super Eagles.

  • Fegor Ogude
    0
    1
    2.00

    Fegor Ogude

    Ogude was no match for Spain's trio of Barcelona midfielders in Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets in the middle.

  • Sunday Mba
    1
    0
    3.00

    Sunday Mba

    Relentless in the midfield. Mba and Mikel combined for some of Nigeria's best plays at the Castelao.

  • Ahmed Firaz Moosa
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ahmed Firaz Moosa

    Steady on the wing, but quiet for long spells despite Nigeria's constant offensive pestering.

  • B. Ideye
    0
    2
    2.00

    B. Ideye

    A mixed bag. Created plenty of danger up front, but constantly passed up the clear chances presented to him.

  • Joseph Akpala
    0
    1
    2.00

    Joseph Akpala Flop of the Match

    The Werder Bremen striker was supplied with many passes throughout the match, but lacked the calm and steady foot to bury one.

Substitutions

  • Azubuike Egwueke
    1
    0
    2.50

    Azubuike Egwueke

    An acceptable performance coming on for Omeruo early in the first half. Held his ground against La Roja's class.

  • John Ogochukwu Ogu
    0
    0
    2.00

    John Ogochukwu Ogu

    Could have been booked for a harsh tackle on Xavi in midfield.

  • Mohammed Gambo
    0
    1
    2.50

    Mohammed Gambo

    Nigeria's last sub was asked to generate some effective finishing, he rarely got the chance to try.

  • Víctor Valdés
    4
    3
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Did the job when he was asked, and stopped a pair of good strikes in the first half that could've swayed things.

  • Piqué
    3
    1
    3.00

    Piqué

    Looked to be confused at times with fellow central defender Ramos, but recovered to halt the Super Eagles' advances.

  • Sergio Ramos
    4
    1
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Looked overwhelmed by Nigerian speed early on but did an excellent job of closing down attackers when it mattered.

  • Arbeloa
    3
    1
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Quiet, effective game from the Real Madrid man offensively, but defensively, could have been more dependable.

  • Jordi Alba
    6
    1
    4.00

    Jordi Alba Top of the Match

    TECATE Real Hombre of the Match. A brilliant brace from the Barcelona fullback, bursting through to open the scoring, and still had the energy to run on and give the scoreline extra gloss.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    5
    0
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    The midfield maestro at work. Iniesta was once again the supreme commander of Spain's offensive play, drifting seamlessly across the pitch.

  • Xavi
    4
    0
    3.50

    Xavi

    Paired up with Iniesta as usual to provide the match with much-appreciated midfield flair.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    3
    4
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Started out strong, but faded away as time went on, and missed a sitter, hitting the post when it appeared easier to score.

  • Busquets
    4
    0
    3.50

    Busquets

    There's a reason why Nigeria seemed far more dangerous when attacking on the wings - Busquets proved to be too strong in the middle.

  • Pedro
    3
    1
    3.50

    Pedro

    Great performance from the Barcelona man that would have been capped off had he put away one of his chances.

  • Roberto Soldado
    3
    5
    2.50

    Roberto Soldado

    Lost out on a golden opportunity to put pressure on regular starters Villa and Torres, squandering two first half chances.

Substitutions

  • David Silva
    1
    0
    3.50

    David Silva

    Excellent spell off the bench for one of the Premier League's best.

  • David Villa
    4
    3
    2.50

    David Villa

    Unable to display his usual talents in front of goal thanks to Spain taking its foot off the gas pedal.

  • Fernando Torres
    17
    1
    4.00

    Fernando Torres

    The Kid's return to form continues. Spectacular goal off the bench put the game to bed.

Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
5 0
Fred Fred
Striker
Fluminense
5 0
Abel Hernández Abel Hernández
Striker
Palermo
4 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
4 0
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
Striker
Man. United
3 1