Despite the many promises and confidence of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, the Under-20 team lost their opening to game at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup to the Brazilian side.
The game took place at the Taranaki Stadium in New Plymouth, New Zealand on Monday.
The much anticipated clash got off to a blistering start with Brazil taking the lead through Gabriel with four minutes on the clock.
Nigeria took little time to respond and found the equaliser six minutes later, Isaac Success running onto a perfectly weighted through ball before rounding the onrushing ‘keeper and coolly slotting the ball into the back of the net.
Significantly that was the Flying Eagles’ first goal against the South Americans at Under-20 level. In the four previous meetings between the two sides, Nigeria failed to hit the back of the net once.
It got even better for the West Africans in the 28th minute with Kelechi Iheanacho setting up Tottenham Hotspur striker Musa Yahaya who provided an expert finish from inside the area to give Nigeria the lead.
Brazil though were also quick to respond – Judivan leveling matters for Seleção four minutes after the half-hour.
Both teams showed signs of fragility in defence, but were sizzling in attack with a vastly entertaining opening 45 coming to an end at 2-2.
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