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Russia: Nigerian, Argentinian players comment after Argentina’s 2-1 victory01:08

Russia: Nigerian, Argentinian players comment after Argentina’s 2-1 victory

Russian Federation, St Petersburg
June 27, 2018 at 12:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Nigerian and Argentinian players spoke after a match between the two national teams in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, which was won by Argentina 2-1.

Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong spoke about the disappointment of the team that was only five minutes away from securing a place in the round of 16: "Everybody is a bit heart-broken at the moment. I think I'm really disappointed, especially because we were so close I think. And that's what makes it even more painful."

Captain of Nigeria John Obi Mikel explained that he had been playing with a broken hand: "We had to make everything possible to make sure that I played with it. I took a few injections and everything. So yeah, I managed to come through the game with some pain but it was bearable."

On the Argentinian side, player Javier Mascherano commented on his team’s mental state and going forward in the competition: "On Saturday we are going to know if this really gives us momentum or not. Let's hope it will be so. I can't tell you today, but let's hope so, especially that it gives us drive in our play, because the morals are going to be there, we are in the round of 16 and we know what it's about."

Argentina will play France on June 30 in Kazan

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Nigerian and Argentinian players spoke after a match between the two national teams in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, which was won by Argentina 2-1.

Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong spoke about the disappointment of the team that was only five minutes away from securing a place in the round of 16: "Everybody is a bit heart-broken at the moment. I think I'm really disappointed, especially because we were so close I think. And that's what makes it even more painful."

Captain of Nigeria John Obi Mikel explained that he had been playing with a broken hand: "We had to make everything possible to make sure that I played with it. I took a few injections and everything. So yeah, I managed to come through the game with some pain but it was bearable."

On the Argentinian side, player Javier Mascherano commented on his team’s mental state and going forward in the competition: "On Saturday we are going to know if this really gives us momentum or not. Let's hope it will be so. I can't tell you today, but let's hope so, especially that it gives us drive in our play, because the morals are going to be there, we are in the round of 16 and we know what it's about."

Argentina will play France on June 30 in Kazan

Due to FIFA restrictions, access to this footage is limited to the following countries ONLY:

•Africa - Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

•Asia - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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