Chai! Nigeria are the masters of age-grade football in the world. It is getting beyond doubt.
After dispatching the USA with a 2-0 win in their opening game, the Nigeria Golden Eaglets took no prisoners as the mauled the hosts, Chile, in a 5-1 victory that granyed them progression into the knock out round of the 2015 Fifa U17 World Cup.
A goal from captain Kelechi Nwakali plus a brace from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze brought hosts Chile to their feet as they crashed 5-1 at the Estadio SausalitoVina Del Mar on Wednesday morning.
Although Marcelo Allende got one for the South Americans with nine minutes to the end of the game, that could not inspire a comeback as the rampaging Nigerians have now secured a place in the second round of the competition.
The Chileans came into the game with the outlook of securing their first win of the competition after their 1-1 draw against Croatia on Saturday, but the Eaglets had different idea as Chukwueze fired Emmanuel Amuneke’s side ahead after 30 seconds.
Not quite long – in the 16th minute to be precise, captain Nwakali converted from the spot to double his side’s lead after Chukwueze was fouled by Juan Jose Soriano by sprinting onto a long upfield clearance and tapping the ball past the sliding defender.
In the second half, Nigeria got their third in the 60th through Chukwueze who completed his double. He found his way into the South Americans’ penalty area, performed a couple of footworks and, after seeing an initial shot blocked, thumped a left-footed strike past goalkeeper Lopez.
Osimhen got his first via the penalty spot after dangerboy Chukwueze was brought down again by Brian Leiva. Despite Funsho Bamgboye’s red card, he powered in his brace.
Chile’s consolation came courtesy of Allende, who slammed past Udoh from Luciano Diaz’s cross.
Nigeria will face Croatia in their third game at the Estadio Sausalito on Friday.
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