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Golden Eaglets' pay back against Croatia

23 October 2015, 07:55

Abuja - Red hot Golden Eaglets of Nigeria currently doing the country proud at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile will file out against Croatia in their last group match later today but both teams know it'll be a supremacy battle at the Estadio Francisco Sanchez Rumoroso in Coquimbo.

The Nigerians are through to the knock stage and can afford to feature a team full of first timers at the tournament but the last time both country met just a little over month back, it was Croatia that smiled with a 3-2 win over Nigeria. 

At the 2015 Suwon invitational U-17 tournament in South Korea, Croatia met Nigeria but the Eaglets who have scored seven goals and conceded one in two matches may too hot to handle. 

Also read: My team is not built around two players - Amuneke

The two matches in Group A would be played simultaneously on Friday at 12:00 midnight Nigerian time (8:00pm local Chilean time) with the three other teams needing a win to have a realistic chance of progressing to the Round of 16 along with Nigeria. 

Host Chile who have one point along with USA would slug it out at Estadio Sausalito while Croatia with two points from two matches confront the Golden Eaglets in Coquimbo.

Golden Eaglets defender, John Lazarus recounts the clash between both countries in Korea with NFF official website: "We were unlucky against Croatia in Suwon because we were leading them 2-1 until few minutes to the end of the match," recalled defender John Lazarus.

"They got a penalty to equalise and the winning goal later and that stopped us from winning the tournament. We won't allow that to happen against us on Friday and we will work harder to win," added the diminutive defender who was in the U-13 National Team that won the London International Youth Tournament in 2010.

- News24


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