Abuja - Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets on Friday ended their Group F campaign with a
5-0 whipping of Iraq to advancing to the second round of the ongoing
2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The Nigerian side won in style to finish top of their group ahead of
rivals Mexico in their match at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai, in the
competition holding at UAE.
Four goals in the first half set the tempo for the match to send the Iraqis home after three straight losses.
Mexico and Sweden also go through to the Round of 16 from the group in second and third places respectively.
Chidiebere Nwakali hit the woodwork after only two minutes, and it was a
hint of things to come as the Nigerian side roared into incredible
Some seconds later, they took the lead when Musa Yahaya was fouled in
the area and Musa Muhammed converted from the penalty spot.
The scorer turned provider a minute later, with his cross picking out
Nwakali who had enough time and space to put the ball away from close
Nigeria were 3-0 after 18 minutes, when Kelechi Iheanacho laid on a
fine pass for Taiwo Awoniyi, but which fell at the feet of Yahaya.
In the 41st
minute, Yahaya took advantage of a rather grand
error by the Iraqi goalkeeper, Hayder Mohammed, to poke home with ease
from six yards out just before the half time.
On the stroke of full-time, Nigeria scored their fifth when substitute
Chigozi Obasi hit home from 20 yards to take their goals tally in the
group stages to 14.