Cote d’Ivoire head coach, Jean -Louis Gasset says his side’s failure to break down the Super Eagles defence was responsible for their defeat to the three-time champions.
The Elephants went down to a 1-0 defeat against the Super Eagles at the Alassanne Quattara Stadium on Thursday night.
It was Cote d’Ivoire’s first defeat in the competition.
The Super Eagles exhibited resilience and determination in the keenly contested encounter.
Gasset’s side carved out two chances in the first half, but were completely shut out after the break.
The Frenchman claimed his side struggled with the defensive approach implemented by the Super Eagles.
“It was a very physical match; Nigeria chose to play very low with a five-man defense to exploit counterattacks with their star striker. It was a tightly contested match,” Gasset said after the game.
“We didn’t give