The Golden Eaglets zoom into the quarter finals of the championship in grand style.
The Golden Eaglets are through to the quarter finals of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates after crushing Iran 4-1 in their Round of 16 fixture at the Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium.
Three first half strike from Okon, Kelechi Iheanacho and Mohammed Musa in the 23rd, 25th and 42nd minutes respectively and another thunderbolt from Yahaya in the second half saw Nigeria move closer to securing a fourth trophy in the cadet Mundial
The Eaglets who have been impressive in all their last three outing started Tuesday’s game on the front foot with Iheanacho taking the first shot at goal that flew just some inches wide the far left post inside the opening one minute.
The Eaglets continued the pressure and should have gone ahead inside the ninth minute but a quick reaction from the Iranian defence denied Awoniyi from pouncing on a Yahaya’s pass.
The Iranians, who before Tuesday’s outing were credited with having the best defence after the first round matches, were soon to crumble down to the barrage of attacks for the Eaglets when Okon got on the score sheet in the 24th minute to record his first of the tournament off a superb pass from Yahaya to put Nigeria 1-0 up.
Iheanacho extended Nigeria’s lead two minutes later for his fifth goal in four games after pouncing on Awoniyi’s pass on the edge of the area before making way for Chidera Ezeh with 14 minutes left to play in the first half.
With three minutes left to play in the half, Eaglets skipper Mohammed Musa made it 3-0 off a solo effort for Nigeria’s 17th goal of the tournament.
Alampasu had to be at his best two minutes later to deny the Iranians the chance to reduce the deficit.
On resumption of the second half, the Iranians fought hard to at least keep the score line respectable but it was Nigeria who again added to their tally through Yahaya who scored his fourth goal of the tournament.
With the time tickling away and Nigeria sure of her quarter final ticket, the Iranians finally pulled a goal back to end the tie 4-1.
With the victory, the Eaglets will now face Uruguay in the quarter finals.
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