Nigeria's U17 national team coach Emmanuel Amuneke praised his players for a great game against Brazil whom they defeated 3-0 Sunday night to reach the semi-finals of the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile.
Goals from tournament leading scorer with eight strikes, Victor Osimhen, Kingsley Michael and Udochukwu Anumudu ensured victory for Nigeria at the expense of the Selecao who mounted series of pressures in the opening stages of the game.
"Is not like we scored three goals and that was it. Before that, our side had 15 very good minutes, when they moved the ball around as we knew they could.
"You have to give credit to my kids, who were tranquil and kept their cool to deal with the Brazil pressure and then scored at the right time.
"For them, to beat Brazil is a big confidence boost. We still have a long way to the title, though," Amuneke admitted.
Brazil's coach Carlos Amadeu concedes that his team did not take advantage of the chances that came their way.
Brazil seemed to be the side likely to score first but they met a resolute Nigerian side that grew into the game and scored three first half goals.
"We knew it was important for us to make the most of our opportunities, especially if we dominated the game at some point, but we didn't.
"Their (Nigeria's) goals were scored in only five minutes because of specific chances, not because we were not balanced. We would like to have put Nigeria behind on the scoreboard, but we failed to score.
The Brazilian coach however sees the defeat and eventual exit as a learning curve for his young team.
"For these kids, everything that has happened here is part of their learning process," Amadeu concluded.
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