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FIFA U20: Nigeria’s Flying Eagles take Argentina out to reach last 8

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Even if Ladan Bosso and his Flying Eagles didn’t start out as favourites, they made their way to the last eight in the 23rd edition of the U20 World Cup.

The Nigerians were pitted against Argentina and its over 25,000 fans gathered at the Bicentenario stadium in San Juan.

Argentina, the most successful nation in World Cup history with 7 U20 World Cups was defeated 2-0.

The semi-finalists of the last Africa Cup of Nations held their own in a first half dominated by Albiceleste. Their power and speed then brought the hosts to their knees.

In the second half, a goal kick ended in a defensive mistake and a clear chance for Ibrahim Muhammad, who scored in the 61st minute after a nice serve by Emmanuel Umeh.

Argentina continued to pressure, hitting the woodwork twice. Neither Alejo Véliz nor Valentín Carboni could shake goalkeeper Chijoke Aniagboso.

A late Nigerian counterattack ended in a header by Rilwanu Haliru Sarki just before the final whistle.

Argentina did not arrive at the U-20 World Cup as one of the favorites. The team coached by Javier Mascherano didn’t qualify initially, only getting a spot at the tournament when it replaced Indonesia as host. Heavy home support after the senior team’s World Cup title was expected to give the youngsters a boost.

Nigeria will take on either Ecuador or South Korea in the next round.


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