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Nigeria targets quarterfinals in Turkey

02 July 2013, 16:42Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The stakes will be high on Tuesday night (tonight) as Nigeria and Uruguay clash for a spot in the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Under 20 World Cup.

The West Africans, the only African team remaining in he junior competition, tackle their South American rivals in Istanbul, Turkey in last 16 encounter with none of the two sides going to the match as favourites.

The clash promises an absorbing clash of styles, although in terms of their form, the teams are on an identical records.

Both lost their opening match but then won the next two and finished second in their groups.

After a 2-3 loss to Portugal in their opening match, Nigeria have clawed their way back to contention with a 3-0 victory over Cuba and a 1-0 success over South Korea.

Ahead of the match, Uruguay singled out opposing midfielder, Abdul Ajagun, as a man to close down if they were to get a favourable result.

The player has scored three goals in the tournament. His team has also been impressive and could have scored more from their 57 shots on goal.

Meanwhile, in other matches scheduled for Tuesday evening, favourites Spain play Mexico.

Greece play Uzbekistan and hosts Turkey clash with France.

- CAJ News

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