Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have been knocked out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after losing 1-0 to the German side at Christchurch. The team was optimistic before the game after coming back from 2-4 loss to Brazil to qualify for the round of 16.
It was however the Germans who started the stronger with crisp passing and fluid movement, unsurprisingly mustering the first goal scoring opportunity inside the opening 60 seconds but Julian Weigl shot wildly after he was Julian Brandt.
The Germans were fearfully dominant in the opening stages; employing a high pressing game that completely left the Nigerians out of their depth. The European champions almost opened the scoring in the ninth minute but Wilfred Ndidi was on hand to provide a goal line clearance.
Nigeria had just one chance in the first half and it came via a set piece which Musa Mohammed played straight at Germany’s goalkeeper, Marvin Schwäbe.
On 19 minutes, the Germans got their just reward with a stunning goal which was blasted home with frightening force by Levin Öztunali after Kingsley Sokari lost the ball in his half.
The Nigerian side could not find the net and the game ended at 1-0. German goes on to face Mali in the quarter finals, which the Flying Eagles return home. Read more
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