We showed too much respect says Keshi

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said his team showed Argentina too much respect especially in the first half causing them to lose the final group game at the World Cup.

The African champions qualified for the knockout rounds of Brazil 2014 as runners-up in Group F, behind group winners Argentina, despite losing 3-2 on Wednesday.

 They recorded four points to make it to the last 16 since 1998.

“I am satisfied (with his team’s performance) especially with what we showed in the second half,” keshi said.

“But we showed them too much respect in first half, if had played like we did in the second half, it would have been a different story.

 Keshi said his team have continued to improve as the tournament has progressed.

 "We need to improve going forward. But we are coming back to our shape. There is progression , which is good,” he remarked.

 Two-goal hero Ahmed Musa said the Eagles will now have to work a lot harder when they battle France in Brasilia on Monday evening.

 Ahmed Musa said: “We wanted to win, we tried to equalise, but we are happy we have qualified.

“It was not easy against a top team like Argentina and Lionel Messi, who is the world’s best player, but I’m happy I scored twice,” said the CSKA Moscow star.

“We now want to go farther in the competition and so we will work harder.

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