Golden Eaglets battle back to beat Ecuador, zoom into second round

Golden Eaglets battle back to beat Ecuador, zoom into second round

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have advanced to the Round of 16 of the on-going 2019 Fifa U17 World Cup after beating Ecuador 3-2. The hard-fought victory over Ecuador followed up their 4-2 comeback win over Hungary in their opening fixture.

Indeed, coach Manu Garba’s charges showed resilience again to see off the South Americans on Tuesday.

Ibrahim Said was the hero for Nigeria. The fleet-footed striker bagged a hattrick to seal maximum points for the team in style.

Said started the goal feast at Estadio Olimpico with his opening goal in the fifth minute. However, the Golden Eaglets’ lead was short-lived. Five minutes later, goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu turned the ball into the back of his own net. Adrian Mejia initially fired a shot that hit the woodwork before Jinadu tucked the ball in with his body.

Just some moments after the half hour-mark, Nigeria were forced to make an early substitution. Akinkunmi Amoo replaced Wisdom Ubani who struggled to adapt in the game.

Ecuador started the second half on the stronger foot and had a penalty in their favour. Charles Etim was found guilty of a rash challenge on John Mercado in the 55th minute.

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Said hattrick leads Golden Eaglets to second round

Johan Mina stepped forward and converted the resulting kick to give Ecuador a 2-1 lead. The goal changed the game’s momentum. Nevertheless, Ibraheem Jabaar came on for Monsuru Opeyemi to fuel Nigeria’s push for an equaliser.

The final 10 minutes turned out to be the decisive moments as both sides created several chances. However, the Golden Eaglets came out victorious.

Immediately the referee waved off Nigeria’s call for a penalty after a brief wait for the VAR, Mina nearly increased the margin for Ecuador but his effort struck the upright in the 82nd minute.

Two minutes later, Said got the equaliser for the Golden Eaglets with a stunning effort. He later completed his hat-trick just at the death of the game after benefitting from Amoo’s assist.

The victory extended the Golden Eaglets’ dominance at the summit of Group B to six points after two matches. They will be looking to end their group campaign on a high when they battle Australia on Friday.

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