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Friday, June 15, 2018

World Cup;-Okocha Thrashed Saudi Arabia For Losing 5 – 0 To Russia

Former Nigerian captain, Austin Okocha didn’t hold back
his criticism of the Saudi Arabia team after they were
thrashed 5-0 by Russia in the opening match of Group A,
2018 World Cup.

Two goals from Denis Cheryshev, one each by Yuri
Gazinskiy, Artem Dzyuba and Aleksandr Golovin gave the
hosts a deserved victory over Saudi on Thursday evening
at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Speaking as an analyst on SuperSport following the
match, Okocha, who represented Nigeria at the 1994,
1998 and 2002 World Cup, believes the Saudi were
whipped by Russia because of the standard of their
domestic league.

”Deservedly, they were beaten 5-0, I think they exposed
the standard that they are playing at, the level of their
league,” Okocha said.
”If you are not playing competitive football week in, week
out, you will struggle, you will get exposed.

”Their tactical discipline was nowhere to be found, their
understanding of how to defend wasn’t there. In as much
as I was surprised, I am glad that we’ve gotten off to a
great start,” he said.

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