The deafening din at the Saint Petersburg Stadium was still on, a glum Mikel John Obi stood still, head bowed, his eyes staring blankly on the floor, regretfully reflecting on the game that had just been played.
The Super Eagles led by Mikel Obi were just five minutes away from progressing from the difficult Group D to the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup.
But in the 86th minute, Marcos Rojo made a desperate run into the Nigerian box and finished up a cross, 2-1 Argentina and Super Eagles of Nigeria were knocked out of the World Cup.
Mikel struggled to hold back the tears in all of his post-match interviews, at the press-conference with Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr, he looked absolutely dejected.
These forlorn looks were inevitable. He and his teammates had just blown the chance of progressing to the second round of the World Cup where they would have had the opportunity to improve from the previous games of the 2018 World Cup and show the potential of a truly boosted, young and talented Super Eagles side.
So that photo of a glum Mikel seated on the bench after that game made sense but on Tuesday, July 3, it meant even more.
It meant something more than football. It was a matter of life and death.