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'You don't lose, you learn' - Mikel reacts to Nigeria's setback

17:15 GMT+3 28/03/2018
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The Super Eagles ended their international break on a sour note, losing to Mladen Krstajic's men on Tuesday evening

John Obi Mikel has taken positives from Nigeria's 2-0 loss to Serbia in their pre-World Cup friendly encounter, played at the Hive Stadium, London.

A second-half brace from Fulham striker Alexsandar Mitrovic ended the Super Eagles' six-match unbeaten run.

Gernot Rohr's side had started their World Cup preparation on a positive run, handing a surprise defeat to Argentina in November before Victor Moses' penalty on Friday saw them add Poland to the list.

However, on Tuesday evening, they went down 2-0 to the Serbians; a result their skipper - who have only featured against in November's tie against Jorge Sampaoli's men and missed March's games due to work permit issues at his China base - seems unfazed about as he is rather concerned about the lessons learnt.

"You don't lose, you learn," Mikel tweeted.

"Looking forward to being back on the pitch for our remaining preparation games."

The three-time African champions have three more tuneup encounters before making their sixth appearance at the quadrennial event in Russia, with DR Congo, England and Czech Republic.

They are scheduled to jostle with Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D of the global showpiece.