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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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