The Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles, are walking a tight rope and would need to avoid defeat against Ukraine if they are to prolong their stay at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.
The Flying Eagles failed to build on their big win over Qatar as they were thrashed 2-0 by the USA in their second group game, a development that has now put them in a difficult situation.
Although Ukraine have already sealed their place in the Round of 16, the East Europeans could still finish third on the log and be condemned to face the first-place team in Group B (race still between Italy and Japan).
It is expected that Ukraine will not want to take chances hence a stiff contest is expected at the Bielsko-Biala Stadium as from 7.30pm tonight.
Argentine referee, Rapallini Fernando, will be in charge of tonight’s crucial game.
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Kickoff is 7.30 p.m.
Kick off.. Last group game for Nigeria’s Flying Eagles underway
Yellow card for Ihor (Ukraine) after rough challenge on Flying Eagles player
Fairly balanced game so far
Makanjuola whips in a good cross but the Ukraine defenders clear out for a throw in
Ten minutes gone still 0-0
Another free kick for Nigeria
Bad tackle on captain Ikuowen Utin
Paul Aigbogun on his feet as the goals have not come yet
Long shot at Goal by the Ukraine captain but no hassles for Flying Eagles goalkeeper Oremade
Fouls keep coming and Flying Eagles captian Utin is the latest culprit
Goal!!, Ukraine takes the lead
Goalkeeper Oremade fails to get the touch and the Eastern Europeans are in front
Danylo Sikan is the goal scorer for Ukraine
Ukraine come close for a second goal
A dangerous cut back pass by Micheal but no Flying Eagles player to connect
Yellow card for Flying Eagles’ Tijani
Penalty kick for Nigeria as Tijani is brought down in the box
Tijani stands to take the kick himself.. He losses it!!!
Great chance blown away by Nigeria
Half Time.. Nigeria 0-1 Ukraine
Second half already underway
Referee reviewing a possible penalty appeal for Nigeria
Popov gets a Yellow card and Nigeria given another penalty kick
Mohamed Tijani scores!
Nigeria 1-1 Ukraine
Tijani tries a volley but it’s over the bar
Yellow card for Effiom
Long throw into the Ukraine box by Utin but ball cleared away
Effiom tries an over head kick from inside the box but Ukraine keeper saves it
The Flying Eagles clear off the corner kick by Ukraine
Oremade makes an easy save
Urakine coach makes a change brings in Supriah for Ustymenko
Offia in for Effiom as Flying Eagles coach makes a change
Makanjuola with a tricky corner kick
Success Makanjuola seems to have cramp and he been treated by the medics
Makanjuola good to continue
Nigeria has taken seven corner kicks compared to Ukraine’s one
Peter Eletu getting set to come on for Nigeri
Makanjuola taken off for Eletu
Sor comes in for Goal scorer Tijani
Final whistle.. Nigeria 1-1 Ukraine