Lagos - Coach of Brazil’s U20 men’s football team, Rogerio Micale has explained how they were able to subdue Nigeria in a highly entertaining fixture at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The Brazilians ran out 4-2 winners against the African champions, Nigeria, in what has so far been the most entertaining game of the tournament and Micale, who is only just over two weeks with the team, explains how it happened.
“We started very well, but then the opposition gradually got on top and prevented us from playing our game,” he said in the post-match press conference.
“We shored things up in the middle of the park again in the second half and then looked to exploit the wings, which paid dividends,” he added.
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The impressive win notwithstanding, Micale acknowledges they played against a ‘really good’ Nigerian side.
“We had expected to face a really good side in Nigeria and we weren't mistaken on that front.”
The win means Brazil joins Hungary as joint top leaders in group E, but the Hungarians have a better goals difference, having beating North Korea 5-1 on the same day.
Nigeria are third with no points, and will face bottom placed North Korea on Thursday.