NIGERIA CRASHES OUT OF FIFA U17 WORLD CUP
Nigeria, five times champions of the FIFA U17 World Cup, was humiliated out of this year’s edition by the Dutch side 3-1 on Wednesday morning at Goiania’s Estadio Olimpico.
The Golden Eaglets went into the game seeking to shake off the ghosts of Gama, where they were beaten 2-1 by Australia, a match in which Manu Garba’s boys threw away several scoring chances.
Netherlands were able to edge their way through the group stage without playing their best football. They were silenced by Senegal and Japan before defeating the USA to scale through. Jean-Claude Giuntini and his team were hoping to defeat the Golden Eaglets who topped Group B despite losing their last game to Australia
The Netherlands got the game underway at the Estadio Olimpico, Goiania.
It was a dream start for the Netherlands who get an early lead courtesy Sontje Hansen. The Golden Eaglets’ defence as expected collapsed when it mattered most. And Hansen scored courtesy of Jayden Jezairo Braaf’s assist.
Nigeria earned the first corner kick after Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi forced a save from goalkeeper Raatsie.
The leveller arrived in the 10th minute following good work on the part of Akinkunmi Ayobami Amoo. The forward spotted the run of
Olakunle Junior Olusegun, who dribbled Rensch before unleashing a low drive past Raatsie.
The Dutch were back in front after a careless defending from Adeniyi as Sontje Hansen profited to get his brace.
Nigeria looked for the quick ball over the top for the run of Oluwasegun down the right. Taylor sensed the danger and came out to clear on the left side of his left.
The Golden Eaglets needed to take stock and figure a plan to get their key men into the game. Said and Amoo barely touched the ball in the early stages of the contest.
Captain Samson Tijani raided into acres of space down the right and he had options in the box. However, he failed to pick out Segun as Peter Olawale did brilliantly to make an attacking run but the Dutch goalkeeper saved.
Ibrahim Said appealed for a penalty after he was fouled in the Netherlands’ goal area but the referee ignored it.
Netherlands held a 2-1 lead at half-time in the U17 World Cup Round of 16 over Nigeria, despite being far from their best. Oranje’s two goals came from Sontje Hansen who profited from poor defending from the Africans, while Olusegun got Nigeria’s only goal.
A wounded Golden Eaglets started the second half brightly won two cornerkicks within the space of two minute.
Oluwasegun worked the ball into the feet of Olawale on the edge of the box, but his strike was straight at Raatsie.
There was a brilliant effort from Olawale who forced Raatsie to make a smart save.
In the 57th minute, Amoo and Oluwasegun exchanged a one-two pass but the Dutch goalkeeper was quick to make a save.
Coach Manu Garba was looking for goals and replaced ‘Little Ronaldo’ Peter Olawale with Divine Nwachukwu.
Oluwasegun had the chance to level matters for Eaglets. He connected to a long pass from captain Tijani but fired waywardly despite having just the goalkeeper to beat.
Calvin Raatsie made another fine save off Olusegun’s shot. The Ajax teenager was impressive in the encounter.
There was more troubles for Nigeria as VAR awarded a penalty to the Netherlands after Ikenna blocked Taabouni’s shot with his hand.
Hansen completed his hat-trick after fring his penalty past Jinadu. It seemed the Golden Eaglets had blown away their hopes of reaching the last eight.
Nigeria recycled possession on the edge of the box, but the wall of blue shirts held firm to keep them at bay. It was going to be a tense finish at the Stadio Olimpico.
Holland pulled through to the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup after a comprehensive victory at Estadio Olimpico. All three goals came from Sontje Hansen as the Golden Eaglets failed to dazzle despite Oluwasegun’s strike. Manu Garba’s lads set up a tense couple of minutes, but the Europeans held out for the win to advance to the last eight.
NIGERIA XI: Jinadu, Adeniyi, Etim, Tijani, Ikenna, Ibrahim, Olusegun, Ojediran, Olawale, Amoo, Said
NETHERLANDS XI: Raatsie, Hoever, Rensch, Eddine, Taylor, Hansen, Maatsen, Taabouni, Unuvar, Regeer, Braaf