Mexico’s astonishing win over Germany has raised hopes that they could finally break a long-running jinx at the World Cup and go beyond the second round.
Five-time World Cup winner Brazil is the only team to have played in every edition of the tournament. Germany, a four-time winner, has participated 18 times and two-time winner Argentina 16 times. Iceland and Panama make their debut this year.
Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, on Sunday said the most important concern with the Nigerian team now should be how not to brood about Saturday’s 0-2 loss to Croatia.
Germany were stunned 1-0 by Mexico in the opening game of their World Cup defense on Sunday as Hirving Lozano finished off a sharp counter-attack that exposed the ragged defending that the four-times winners had displayed in their warm-up games.
Nigeria suffered from a bit of growing pains on Saturday when the young Super Eagles were schooled in set pieces by Croatia who shot to the top of Group D with a 2-0 win in their World Cup opener.