Santiago - The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria advanced to a
quarter-final meeting against Brazil on the back of a hat-trick from the
impressive Victor Osimhen, ending Australia’s run with a one-sided 6-0 victory
in the Round of 16 of the FIFA U17 World Cup played in Vina Del Mar.
The tale of the first half was compacted into a three-minute
period as Nigeria scored twice sandwiched either side of a gilt-edged opening
It was 2-0 at the interval, and the game was still a contest
until the final 17 minutes before Nigeria ran riot against an Australian side
looking flat after surviving the ‘group of death’.
The Aussies started in pro-active fashion, but it was Funsho
Ibrahim Bamgboye who hit the post with a rasping shot from the edge of the
penalty area as Nigeria’s first effort narrowly failed to break the deadlock.
That moment came on 22 minutes as Osimhen showed just why he
is the tournament’s leading goal scorer by bursting forward with pace and power
on the left, before turning his defender and sliding the ball impressively
inside the far post.
Also read: FIFA U17 W/Cup: Osimhen eyeing Australia scalp
Australia could have drawn level immediately with Cameron
Joice seeing his shot saved, while Lucas Derrick pushed the follow-up wide as a
golden opportunity was spurned.
Almost immediately Nigeria were two in front as Funsho Bamgboye
went to ground in the penalty area, and Kelechi Nwakali coolly slotted home the
The two goals seemed to inspire the Nigerians who took a
greater hold as the half wore on creating several half-openings around the
Nigeria continued their powerful performance after the
break, and although Australia dominated possession for periods, it was the
Africans who ended the contest with a third.
Osimhen scored twice in the space of six minutes, the second
with another laser-perfect drive into the top corner.
The deflated Aussies conceded to more goals in the dying
minutes as firstly substitute Edidiong Michael Essien, and then Samuel
Chukwueze, inflicted further pain as Nigeria stormed into the last-eight in confident
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