By Rachael Ugiagbe


Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets showed no mercy on Chile, defeating the hosts 5-1 in their second Group A match at the Estadio Sausalito Vina Del Mar stadium to reach the knock-out stages of the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup competition.

In a swift run of play, Eaglets broke through as early as the first minute through Samuel Chukuweze before captain Kelechi Nwakali double the lead 14 minutes later, converting from the penalty spot, after the latter was fouled in the box.

Goalkeeper Akpan Udoh had a fantastic game, making some outstanding saves for Eaglets on several occassions as the Chileans were deny goal-scoring opportunities.

The Eaglets too had their own fair of missed opportunity, Victor Osimhen tredding a pass to captain Nwakali who missed a clear-cut chance. Nigeria held a 2-0 lead into the break.

The second half soon began, with the hosts taking the game to their opponents but they could not find a way a break the resolute defence heart of the Eaglets thanks to a lively goalkeeper Udoh.

Nigeria increased their lead on the 61 minute through Samuel Chukwueze who mesmerized his way into the area-box of the Chileans and fired a shot only for him to tuck in from a rebounce to make it 3-0.

Five minutes later, Chukwueze again was involved in the fourth goal, after been challenged in the box and Victor Osimhen made no mistake in dispatching from the spot.

Moments later, substitute Funsho Bamgboye could have registered his name on the scorer-sheet but he blew away the chance after been set up by Chukwueze who was all over the place for the Eaglets.

Marcelo Allende finally pulled one for the hosts in the closing minute of contest. Nigeria were reduced to 10-man when Bamgboye received a straight red card.

Osimhen wrapped up the huge win for the team in the 88 minute, his second goal on the day to make it a 5-1 affair only for captain Nwakali to missed from the penalty spot after Chukwueze was brought down by Leiva.

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