As Nigeria other footballing nations are currently trying to navigate their way to the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar, all eyes are on the top nations to get their qualifying tickets via the group stages. While Nigeria and other African countries have not really had successes in the competition proper, there are some performances from the Super Eagles from the past that suggest that they could one day go all the way.
Speaking about playing in the World Cup, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have appeared in the finals on 6 different occasions. From their 6 appearances, they have won 6 matches, the most by any African team. Another inspiring thing about the Super Eagles in the World Cup is that there are 5 too European countries that have never beaten them in the competition.
In this article, “Amazingboi” will tell you about the 5 top European countries that have never beaten Nigeria in FIFA World Cup history. These countries are either some of the best in the business today, or they were good in the past. Whichever way, that they haven't lost to them should encourage the Eagles to avoid loses to other teams which could see us to all the way.
Here are the 5 top European countries that have never beaten Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup.
5. Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, Nigeria faced of against a top European team in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fortunately for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, they won the match 1 – 0. As it is the only time they will face off in the competition, they remain unbeaten against them.
Although Iceland only made it to the 2018 World Cup held in Russia, they were one of the best national sides around before the tournament. The majority of their players are playing good football at various teams in Europe. As a result, when they faced Nigeria in the group stage, it wasn't an easy game.
Still, the Super Eagles came out victorious against them. An Ahmed Musa brace was all the Eagles need to avoid defeat against them. They are therefore one of the top teams that haven't beaten Nigeria in the World Cup.
Nigeria and her colonial masters England have faced each other once in a FIFA World Cup game. The Super Eagles didn't lose the game against the former World Cup winner in a group stage match in the 2002 World Cup. Although the Super Eagles were not beaten, they didn't win the match either. In fact, the Three Lions couldn't even score a single goal as the game ended in a 0 – 0 scoreline.
Nigeria has played Bulgaria on two occasions in a FIFA World Cup game in history. On both occasions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria didn't lose to the Europeans. In fact, they won on both occasions. Till date, they are the only team that Nigeria have beaten on two occasions in a FIFA World Cup game. The Eagles beat them in the 1994 and 1998 World Cup tournaments held in the USA and France respectively.
At the moment, Spain teams one of the best footballing countries on earth. They are ranked among the top ten teams in the world by FIFA. The 2010 World Cup champions have however never beaten Nigeria in the World Cup. Unlike against England where the eagles drew the game, they managed to beat Spain 3 – 2 in the 1998 World Cup held in France.
While Nigeria lost their third game in the qualifiers against the Central African Republic, they are still expected to make it out of the group. If they qualify and face any of these teams again, they will look to meant aim their good results by avoiding defeat.
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