We still have a chance to qualify: Lagerback

Despite the defeat the Super Eagles retain a mathematical chance of reaching the knockout stages.

"We started the game well, controlled the game, got the goal and then had a sending off. That caused us problems, especially in the first half," Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback said after the match.

Argentina lead the group with six points from two games after beating South Korea 4-1 earlier on Thursday. Greece and South Korea both have three points while Nigeria are still without a point after two games.

Nigeria could still qualify if they beat South Korea in their final group match and Argentina defeat Greece.

"The positive thing is that if Argentina win their game we still have a chance to qualify," Lagerback said.

Image: Greece's Giorgos Karagounis celebrates with his teammates after their win