The Ivoirians scored in the last minute of the game.
After a flying start that saw them hit six goals past their Ghanaian counterparts on Sunday, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria were literally caged in their second Group B game on Wednesday as they were defeated 1-0 by the Junior Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire.
The West African derby at the ongoing CAN U17 Championships in Morocco saw both sides treading cautiously all through 90 minutes with the Ivoirians marshalling out a tight defence that gave the Nigeria
youngsters very little space to operate or do any damage.
In a game of very little chances, both teams came close to breaking the deadlock at different times of the game; but it was the Ivoirians that had the last laugh with a 90th minute strike by Niangbo.
After silting back for the better of the first half, the Junior Elephants came out strong in the second half as the Eaglet survived a shock when two minutes after resumption, Paul Moussa Bakayoko, hit the
A lovely volley by Nigeria’s Bulbwa in the 77th minute was just inches off the bar.
The score was 0-0 as at 90 minutes, but a last minute effort by Cote d’Ivoire saw them get the only goal that has boosted their chances for both the semi finals as well as the World Cup in Dubaia.
The shock loss by Nigeria knocks them off top spot in Group B and they would have to wait for the other game between Ghana and Congo to know their current position on the table.
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