The Golden Eaglets, Nigeria’s U-17 team are through to the final of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile as they came from behind to beat Mexico 4-2 in an action paced semi-final match.
After going down to an early goal, the Golden Eaglets settled into the game and equalized in the 35th minute through Captain Kelechi Nwakali’s free-kick.
The well crafted free kick gave the Eaglets the needed impetus as eight minutes later, they scored another masterpiece through Orji Okonkwo who thundered in a shot to give Nigeria a 2-1 lead going into the half-time.
Nigeria started the second half quite brightly and even hit the upright in their quest to extend their lead.
On resumption of the second half, The Mexicans through Cortes stepped up to score a fantastic goal. Cortes picked up the ball on the Mexican right just inside the Nigerian half and proceeded to dribble past five players, showing incredible “messi-like” close control before slotting the ball calmly past Udoh.
But the Eaglets were determined, Ebere’s right-footed effort was too strong for Romero, who got a hand to it but could not keep it out.
John Lazarus was brought down in the Mexican penalty area hereby giving Osimhen the chance to score his ninth goal of the tournament. With that goal, Osimhen joined the elite group of players to have scored 9 times in an U-17 World Cup Tournament.
Nigeria face Mali in Vina Del Mar on Sunday what promises to be an exciting all – African final against continental champions Mali.
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Maxwell Ashiuloka – Abuja
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