The stage is set for an explosive clash between Nigeria’s U-20 team and their South Korean counterparts at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina.
The two teams are the only ones left from their respective continents. Nigeria is carrying the African flag, while the South Koreans are ably representing Asia.
Having navigated their way through the group stage and then the round of 16 in commendable fashion, the Flying Eagles and the junior Taegeuk Warriors have shown they have the quality to go all the way.
The route the South Koreans took to this stage suggests the Flying Eagles will not have it easy against the Asians. The South Koreans have found the back of the net seven times, recording stellar victories over France and Ecuador.
Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates as the Flying Eagles battle South Korea at the Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in the City of Santiago Del Estero at 2.30 p.m. Argentina time (6.30 p.m. Nigeria time).
Kickoff!! The Flying Eagles have gotten the game underway
Flying Eagles dominating the early ball possession
Ten minutes gone.. Korea 0-0 Nigeria
The South Koreans are gradually imposing themselves on the Flying Eagles and are looking to be awarded a penalty kick but the referee waves play on
Free kick for South Korea but well defended by the Flying Eagles and the Koreans win another free kick
The game has been extremely close for now after 20 minutes Korea 0-0 Nigeria
Flying Eagles win a free kick just by the centre circle..
Game back on after the temporary halt
Chance.. Victor Eletu with a good attempt at goal but Korea goalkeeper parries away for a corner kick
We are now at the half-hour mark and it is still Korea 0-0 Nigeria
The Koreans are looking for a way to breach the Flying Eagles defence but no success so far
Free kick for the Nigeria U20s Nnadi to take it for the Flying Eagles
It’s off the target and Korea get a goal kick
Another corner kick for Nigeria , that is the fifth for the Flying Eagles
Only two minutes added time
Finally Korea Republic win their first corner kick of the game
Korea Republic finishing strong in the first half but their final attempt goes over the bar
Half-Time Korea Republic 0-0 Nigeria
Keen contest with very scanty chances for both teams. Hopefully, the second 45 minutes will be far more explosive
We are back for the second half
Korea Republic get the game back on
First free kick in the second half goes to Korea Republic
Bameyi with a shot ob target but KIM Joonhong makes a routine save off the effort of the Flying Eagles captain
A decent chance for Nigeria but the needed connecting header was not provided
JH Lee in for YN Kim as Korea coach makes another change
S,W Lee the Korea Republic captain gets the first yellow card of the game after a dangerous tackle on Daniel Daga
71 minutes of action gone still Korea Republic 0-0 Nigeria
Less than five minutes left in the second half outside of the added time
Five minutes added time
Both teams have defended stoutly and it is looking like the game will go into extra time
Umeh Emmanuel with a good run and though his final effort was on target, the Korea Republic makes an easy cash
The second half is over… Korea Republic 0-0 Nigeria .The game is now going into extra time
Goal!!! Korea Republic take the lead
S.H Choi with a flicking header Korea Republic 0-1 Nigeria
Can the Flying Eagles get back into the game … Bosso’s boys conceded first against the Dominican Republic and they came back to win 2-1 … Can they put up a similar performance tonight??
Coach Bosso has brought in two new players, can they change the fortunes of the Flying Eagles
Jude Sunday is out for Ibrahim Abdulahi while Samson Lawal takes the place of Tochukwu Nnadi
One minute added time as the first half of extra time winds down
Korea Republic 1-0 Nigeria
Bosso charging up his players, they have 15 minutes to redeem themselves or be dumped out of the U-20 World Cup
The second half of Extra Time is underway
Yellow card for Nigeria’s Ibrahim Abdulahi after a dangerous foul
Chance for Nigeria .. but Emmanuel Sunday shot over the bar from close range
The last Nigeria made it to the semi-final of the U-20 World Cup was 18 years ago… will the jinx continue???
Time running out on Nigeria with barley five minutes to go
The Koreans are closer than close to getting into the semi-final again after doing so in 2019
Just one more minute to go
Full Time Korea Republic 1-0 Nigeria
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