Chile 2015: Brazil 0-3 Nigeria

Eaglet-Ejike-IkumeDefending Champions Golden Eaglets of Nigeria yesterday cruised into the semi finals of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile after a superlative performance against South American giants Brazil.

The Eaglets bundled out three -time FIFA U-17 world Cup winners from the tournament with a resounding 3-0 victory .

Brazil had looked bright in the opening stages, either finding Akpan Udoh in fine form in the Nigerian net or hitting their opportunities off tar­get, with Rogerio and Evander two of the culprits. A Seleção were made to rue those missed opportunities when the lethal Osimhen extended his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts. John Lazarus crossed from the Nigeri­an right and the Nigerian No9 headed in, via a deflection off Eder Militao.

Kinsley Michael did not waste time in the doubling Nigeria’s lead in the 30th from a pass from Osimhen and Udochukwu Anumudu compounded the woes of the South Americans with a volley from outside the 18 yard box that caught the Brazilian goalkeeper napping.

The second period saw few clear-cut opportunities, with Funsho Bamgboye and Evander going closest for either side but, in truth, it was a mere pro­cession for the holders to take a step closer to retaining their title. They will head to Concepcion for Thursday’s semi-final against the winner of to­day’s quarter-final between Ecuador and Mexico.

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