Critical Times News : We were forced out of the world cup, Mikel | It's a penalty, Drogba

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We were forced out of the world cup, Mikel | It's a penalty, Drogba


Super Eagle's captain John Mikel Obi, has said he was left with the feeling of being robbed and forced out of the world cup by Turkish referee Cakir, who could not provide an explanation to why he denied the Eagles a second penalty which could have ended Argentina's hope of making it to the round of 16.

The below-par South American side won the encounter 2-1 in the controversial clash to land in the Round of 16.

The match was tied at 1-1 and Nigeria were coasting towards the next round when  the unlikely hero of the encounter  Marcos Rojo headed the ball  against his own arm in the box.

Nigeria, who   had cancelled out Lionel Messi’s first-half goal through Victor Moses’ well-taken penalty, appealed for a penalty.

41 year old Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir was forced to consult VAR for a definitive verdict as the Nigerians insisted it was a penalty, before ruling that Rojo did not commit a foul.

Rojo went ahead to win the game for La  Albiceleste, and  the Super Eagles captain Mikel was left  venting  his  fury at  Cakir and VAR.

Speaking to reporters at the Mixed Zone after the match, the veteran former Chelsea midfielder only refused to hit the nail on the head – that his team were robbed.

However, the  31-year-old, who guided the Eagles to a second round exit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, said, “I have nothing against VAR but I  would say it goes for  the lesser teams and works for the big teams.”

Mikel said the referee admitted that the Manchester United defender headed the  ball onto his own arm but  refused to explain to him why  he waved Nigeria’s  penalty appeal.

He said, “We’ve seen it again in the dressing room, it was a clear penalty. There wasn’t any way the referee could not give that.

“The referee looked at the VAR. He said it hit the hand. I asked why he did not give us a  penalty, he said he did not  know.”

“We did everything we could,” the South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner said.

“In the second half we pushed and pushed. It just wasn’t to be. It is  a young team and in four years most of them will be ready for this tournament.

“I’m very proud of the boys and what we have achieved. I think we have done really well. We have to keep going.”

Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba in his own reaction after the match said, “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.”
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