Tahiti and Nigeria were the final two teams to play in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, but the two combined for a one-sided match in favor of the Super Eagles.
Nigeria drubbed the Minnows by a score of 6-1, as Fox Soccer Trax tells the tale of Monday's match.
FT Tahiti 1 Nigeria 6. Easy for Nigeria as expected on a night when they never had to truly raise the pace of their game— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 17, 2013
Nigeria's goal scorers were on a mission on Monday, as the Super Eagles scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the match.
The Super Eagles watched as Nnamdi Oduamadi finished the match with a hat trick, to which ESPN's Paul Carr made note of on Twitter:
Nnamdi Oduamadi has the first hat trick by an African player at a senior FIFA tournament (WC or #ConfedCup).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 17, 2013
While Nigeria's offense certainly was a huge key to the Confederations Cup victory—Elderson also added two goals—the blunders by Tahiti were the real key to Monday's victory for the Super Eagles.
Although he did net the lone goal for the Minnows, Jonathan Tehau was also responsible for an own goal in the 68th minute that gave Nigeria a 4-1 lead that it would never relinquish.
There were also plenty of errors that could be found in the Minnows' defense on Monday. Obviously when you allow six goals you're doing something wrong.
Nigeria was even given more chances to put the ball in the back of the net and make this a complete blowout, but lackadaisical play and careless mistakes prevented the Super Eagles from doing so, as Graham Ruthven of the New York Times notes.
Nigeria really aren't taking this very seriously. Poor marking, slack passing, atrocious finishing.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) June 17, 2013
Solid defense was also a huge key for Nigeria in the lopsided win on Monday, as the defense allowed just four shots on goal to the Minnows' scoring attack.
There's no doubting that Tahiti was simply overmatched vs. Nigeria on Monday, but the Super Eagles were definitely aided by some mishaps on the Minnows' end.