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Amuneke says the better team won

21 October 2015, 12:14

Santiago - Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke says the better team won, after they beat hosts Chile 5-1 in the second game of the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup.

The defending U17 champions were rampant as they scored their opening goal in just 22 seconds, Samuel Chukwueze, the architect of the whole episode. And Amuneke says they were better on the day.

"Chile has a good team, but they lost against the best team. I believe they can qualify for the next round," Amuneke said after the game.

Also read: Amuneke warns players to expect dogfight against Chile

After scoring the opener, Chukwueze scored another, and was felled three times inside the Chilean 18-yard box, to gift Nigeria three penalty kicks.

Captain Kelechi Nwakali scored the initial spot-kick, with Victor Osimhen scoring the second. Nwakali stepped up for the third but missed, but it wouldn't matter as Osimhen scored a late header to get himself a brace, just like Chukwueze to complete the rout. The only black spot in an otherwise perfect evening was the sending off of Wasiu Bamgboye.

But Amuneke would rather talk about his team's blistering attack and his tactics.

"It is true we were effective up front, but we also knew how to block their passing game, forcing them to play uncomfortably in the midfield. My players understood the transition game, which is when to attack, when to defend. We also prepared them mentally, it is not easy to play against the host," he added.

The win means Nigeria now qualifies for the round of 16 of the competition.

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