The Flying Eagles of Nigeria have secured a spot in the last 16 in the ongoing U 20 World Cup tournament after beating Italy 2-0 on Wednesday at the Mendoza Stadium.
The journey to victory for the Eagles started with a Salim Fago flying header and ended with a Jude Sunday added time strike.
Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso played a vital role in the victory, especially with his tactical substitute, starting Victor Eletu in place of Tochukwu Nnadi. This was a change to the side that beat Dominican Republic 2-1 in their opening Group D game on Sunday.
From the blast of the whistle, the Gli Azzurrini took control of the game and as a dangerous move from Tommaso Baldanzi was halted by the Nigerian backline early on.
Nigerians gradually grew and made positive impact into the game, regardless of the pressure from the Italians’ dominance. The best chance of the game went to Daniel Daga in the 10th minute, but he narrowly missed target.
Other interesting moment in the competitive game was Matteo Prati’s long-range shot, which rocked the Flying Eagles crossbar in the 21st minute.
Sunday, who provided the first goal, turned goal scorer to put the game to rest, three minutes into the additional eight minutes.
With such interesting win, Nigeria will now face Brazil in their last group game on Saturday after moving to the top of Group D with six points.