FIFA U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles beat Italy 2-0, qualify for round of 16


The Flying Eagles of Nigeria had a good outing on Wednesday defeating Italy 2-0 at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina.

The victory earned the team valuable three points having won their first game, and qualified them for the second round of the competition with one game in hand against Brazil.

Following a 0-0 scoresline in the first half, the team continued to push hard and would be rewarded for their efforts after Salim Fago opened scoring.

He received a cross in a tight space, and with a quick-fix nodded the ball pass Italy’s goalkeeper.

The Italians worked their socks off and launched several counter attacks but met a resolute Nigerian defence that absorbed all pressures and also looked dangerous going forward.

Nigeria would be rewarded with a confirmation goal in the 4th minute of second half added time after the goal keeper launched a kick out, which found Jude Sunday who beat the Italian defence to score.

With the victory, Nigeria has now qualified for the round of 16 and their final match against Brazil a mere formality as Group D leaders.

Sade Anifowose, a football fan watching the match at a Viewing Centre in Ejigbo, said the young lads had made the country proud.

She said she was confident of Nigeria’s victory due to the way they approached the game and supported the team to do well in coming games.

“They played well and very well deserved their win. Indeed, it was a very good and entertaining…


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