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Mexico pummel Super Eagles 4-0 to extend Nigeria’s win-less streak

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Before a huge crowd of 53,258 at the United Airlines Field, United Airlines Field at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, US, the Nigerian football team, largely composed of home-based players crumbled miserably, 4-0 to Mexico in a friendly match.

The humiliating defeat has two memorable effect. It extended Nigeria’s win-less streak in friendly matches to eight.

The last time Nigeria won a friendly match was in a 26 March 2019 encounter with Egypt at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

The Super Eagles won 1-0, courtesy of a eight-second goal by debutant, Paul Onuachu.

Another record of the Nigeria’s 0-4 loss to Mexico is the extension of Nigeria’s win-less encounters with the North American team. This early Sunday’s match, (Nigerian time) was the sixth encounter in which Nigeria has failed to defeat Mexico.

Their last encounter in Atlanta in 2014 ended in a goalless draw. This time around, the Mexicans made hays early in the game as Hector Herrera opened scoring in the second minute.

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Two minutes later, Rogello Funes Mori doubled the lead which was sustained till half time. Horrera scored his second goal of the match as he pushed the score line to 3-0 in the 52nd minute before Jonathan Dos Santos made it 4-0 in the 78th minute. 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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