Nigerian Golden Eaglets Advances To Last 16 Of U-17 World Cup-Nigerian Golden Eaglets have advanced to the last 16 teams of 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after the squad trounced Chile, spelling-out the host nation in its worse humiliating defeat in the tournament.
Golden Eaglets chilled Chile 5-1 on Wednesday at the Estadio Sausalito Vina Del Mar to the consternation of home fans expecting a better performance as the host nation
Golden Eaglets’ midfielder, Samuel Chukwueze stole the show beating under-17 fast goal heroes records with a 15 seconds goal-hit score, just as the game commenced.
Golden Eaglets had on Saturday trounced United States 2-0 in the group’s opening match putting fears in many teams that, they are in for real business. Wednesday’s encounter however recorded one of the fastest goals ever in the FIFA U-17 World Cup when Chukwueze got the opening goal within 30 seconds of match commencement.
The Eaglets doubled their lead in the 17th minute from a penalty spot.
Golden Eaglets Captain Kelechi Nwakali’s netted-in the penalty shot given to Nigeria a 2-goal lead advantage in the 17th minute of the first half.
However, the second half recorded a brief lull as there were no early goals but Golden Eaglets retained its unique style of play, staying confidently in a complete control. Their effort was to be rewarded as three more goals came in the last 45 minutes of the second half.
The Chileans did attempt to redeem their image in the second half taking full control for a while but their efforts were put at bay by the resolutely retentive Nigerians with the Nigerian goalkeeper Udoh making several brilliant saves.
Chile did grab a consolation goal before Funsho Bamgboye was sent off the pitch following a hard-tackle which gave him a marching order. Osimhen, however netted a brace, with the team’s effort complimented in a late header, adding some gloss to Eaglets ‘win.
Despite Nwakali missing his second penalty of the match after Chukwueze had been fouled in the penalty area for a third time, Nigeria were proud 5-1 winners in their second group game.
Goal greedy Eaglets were however pushing-in for more as what could have been the sixth goal was blown away by Nwakali, who shot wide from penalty spot which could have equaled France 6-1 win over New Zealand in one of the opening group games of the tournament. Chukwueze again hit the target in the 61 minute to put the game away from the opponents reach, just as Victor Osimhen double strikes in the 66th and 86th minutes sealed victory for Nigeria.
Marcelo Allende grabbed a consolatory goal for the hosts in the 81st minute which was too little, too late to pacify the eighteen million home fans.
With this big win, Nigeria joins Korea Republic in the last 16, with Chile set to face USA in a pivotal final clash back at the Estadio Sausalito on Friday.
On the early goal record trail,Chukwueze equaled Wilson Oruma and Kanu Nwankwo’s records in the 1993 edition of the tournament. Both former players scored in the 9th and 39th seconds respectively.
Brazil’s Sadilo and Relso were the holders of the fastest goal records, who had scored in the 9th and 14th second since ’85 when the tournament kicked off.
Nigeria’s Funsho Bamgboye was sent off few minutes from the final whistle as the four-time World Champions were reduced to ten men.
Nigeria play her final group game against Croatia on Friday which is a mere formality as the Eaglets have won the group ahead of the Round of 16 stage of the competition.
The Eaglets lead the group with unassailable six points, Croatia has two points, while USA and Chile have one point respectively.