Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has hinted that his side would have won Tuesday’s night’s international friendly against Ukraine had the game been played on neutral ground or in Nigeria.
Rohr hinted as much when he pointed out in the wake of Ukraine’s recovery from a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 draw at Dnirpo-Arena that the result was logical only because the East Europeans were playing at home.
The Franco-German tactician, however, praised his lads for working hard, especially in the first half, but admitted that the Ukrainians stepped up their efforts after half time and truly deserved the final scoreline they eked out.
He expressed satisfaction with his team’s in the first half performance, as they led 2-0 going into the break, courtesy an opening goal by debuting Glasgow Rangers of Scotland midfielder, Joe Aribo and the second with a penalty from Lille Metropole of France striker, Victor Osimhen.
However, Andriy Shevchenko’s side romped back to pull level in the 78th minute, thanks to a stunner by Manchester City midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Roman Yaremchuk then pulled them level with a controversially awarded equalizer 60 seconds later.
In his post-match comments, Rohr acknowledged that it was a game of two halves, in which he admitted that Ukraine played better in the second half, but insinuated that they relied on home advantage to pull back and settle for a 2-2 draw.
Rohr said: ”A wonderful test match. Both opponents demonstrated high-quality football. We won the first half, but Ukraine played at home, so the result is logical. After the break, the opponent did much better.”