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Match Preview: Germany U20 Vs Nigeria U20

10 June 2015, 20:28

Lagos - A lovely-looking last 16 FIFA U-20 World Cup encounter between Germany and Nigeria at the Christchurch Stadium is expected to be a classic affair.

The match will get underway by 8:30am Nigerian Time on Thursday.

Germany, along with Brazil the only team with a 100% record, will start as favorites, but Nigeria, who are unbeaten in two matches, are determined to avenge their second round 3-2 loss to Germany in Egypt 2009.

Germany and Nigeria have met twice at the World Youth Championship with both teams recording a win apiece.

Nigeria earned a second round ticket against the European champions after finishing second in Group F with fantastic victories over Korea DPR (4-0) and Hungary (2-0) despite losing their first game against Brazil (4-2).

The loss to Brazil, their first in almost two years, made the Flying Eagles sit-up and go back to the drawing board.

Frank Wormuth tutored Germany were in excellent scoring spree during their three group matches, grabbing 16 quality goals.

Also read: Flying Eagles midfielder fit for Germany clash

They surpassed the record for most goals scored in the group stages held by Brazil since 1997 (15) while at the same time beating their own previous best of 14 strikes set in 1987.

This German team is fearsome and have been tipped to be champions of the World Youth Championship.

They annihilated Fiji 8-1 before crushing Uzbekistan 3-0. And in their last group game, the Germans didn’t let off steam at all, effortlessly dispatching Honduras 5-1.

But some pundits have argued that they didn't face quality opposition in the Group games and they are expected to meet a better customer in Nigeria.

The Germans will be unleashing skipper Kevin Akpoguma who incidentally could have been wearing the Nigerian colors.

Born and raised in Germany, Akpoguma has not forgotten is Nigerian roots having visited Nigeria twice to see his grandparents who still live in Benin City.

On the part of the Flying Eagles, the quartet of Taiwo Awoniyi, Godwin Saviour, Isaac Success and Kingsley Sokari have been amazing for them.

Their contribution will go a long way in helping the 1989 and 2005 finalists in giving the Germans a good match.

The Germans have the full complements of their squad for the second round match.

Kingsley Sokari and Musa Mohammed should be fit enough to start the match, while Ifeanyi Matthew is a doubt.

Stopping Hany Mukhtar and Marc Stendera will be a huge task for the Flying Eagles back-four.

The assured Wilfred Ndidi, may find himself either the last line of defence or trying to stop them as a sweeper.

After all the adventure of his group matches, could it be time for Manu Garba to look for more security in defence.

Nigeria, surging forward, simply cannot afford to be caught napping by the pace of Grischa Prömel or Niklas Stark.


Germany: Schwäbe, Akpoguma, Kempf, Mukhtar, Steinmann, Stendera, Stark, Öztunali, Bauer, Prömel, Brandt

Nigeria: Enaholo, Mohammed, Abdullahi, Ndidi, Bello, Ifeanyi, Akinjide, Sokari, Saviour, Bulbwa, Awoniyi

Expert Edge: The Germans have impressed but they might struggle to cope with the African side in this fixture. Nigeria will scale through.

-Soccer Laduma

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