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