Santiago - The Golden Eaglets continued their impressive
start to their FIFA U-17 World Cup title defence by completing a comprehensive
5-1 victory over hosts Chile and progressing to the knockout stages in the
The Eaglets were remarkably quick out of the blocks, opening
the scoring after only 22 seconds. Victor Osimhen sprinted down the Nigerian
left and slid the ball across the Chilean penalty area. The onrushing Samuel
Chukwueze slammed home with ease.
He then played a big part in the second Nigeria goal,
sprinting onto a long upfield clearance and tapping the ball past the sliding
Juan Jose Soriano in the penalty area. The Chilean defender’s challenge brought
down Chukwueze and Nwakali doubled his side's lead.
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Chukwueze then grabbed his second of the game thanks to
sheer determination on the hour mark. He worked his way into the Chilean
penalty area, performed a couple of step overs and, after seeing an initial
shot blocked, slammed a left-footed strike past Lopez.
Chile's defence will be glad to see the back of the Nigerian
No. 8, as he burst into the Chilean penalty area once more moments later and
was felled again, this time by substitute Brian Leiva. For the second spot
kick, it was Osimhen who stepped up, and he matched Nwakali's first effort by
Substitute Funsho Bamgboye later hit the post before Chile's
consolation came courtesy of Marcelo Allende, who slammed past Akpan Udoh from
Luciano Diaz's cross.
Despite Bamgboye's late dismissal, for a rash challenge,
Nigeria rallied and the gangling Osimhen grabbed his third of the tournament in
two games. Nwakali then missed his chance to double his own tally for the game
from the penalty spot, after Chukwueze had been fouled for a third time.
It did not matter though, as Nigeria join Korea Republic in
the last 16, with Chile set to face USA in a pivotal final clash back at the
Estadio Sausalito on Friday.For
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