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Drogba Blames Officiating For Nigeria 2-1 Loss To Argentina

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Didier Drogba celebrates after Chelsea wins the UEFA Champions League Final against FC Bayern Munich in 2012. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Didier Drogba, former Ivory Coast striker, and one time African Player of the year has said bad decision by the referee led to Nigeria’s lost against Argentina at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia on Tuesday.

While speaking to BBC, the former Chelsea forward accused the referee of bias against the Nigerian Team with his decision not to award the second penalty.

“I think it’s a bad decision from the referee not to give Nigeria a second penalty]. It’s the defender’s mistake – he didn’t read the ball well.

“It’s difficult to give the penalty because it would take Argentina out of the competition.” he said.

News Nigeria recalls that Argentina took the led in the first half of the match with Messi’s 12th Minute strike. The super Eagles, however got themselves back into the game with a goal form the spot by Victor Moses.

Eagles had every opportunity to maintain the draw to the end but failed to do so. An opportunity for Eagles to even shoot into a lead was bungled by Odion Ighalo who shot wide from the post at the edge of the 18 yard box and called for penalty following a handball by an Argentine defender.

Efforts by the Eagles to seek a remedy for the unfortunate scenario failed to yield any result. The defeat marks a continuation of wins by Argentina over Nigeria at competitive level.

While Nigeria joins other African countries, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia who have since exited the world cup, Argentina will face France in the round of 16.

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