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Minute By Minute: Nigeria VS Mexico

MEXICO and NIGERIA LINE UPS

MEXICO

21 A. ROMERO (GK)
2 D. CORTES
3 J. ESQUIVEL (C)
4 F. VENEGAS
6 A. CERVANTES
7 K. LARA
8 P. LOPEZ
9 E. AGUIRRE
10 C. ZAMUDIO
11 K. MAGAÑA
15 E. LARA

NIGERIA
1 UDOH (GK)
2 LAZARUS
4 ENOGELA
5 ZAKARI
8 CHUKWUEZE
9 OSIMHEN
10 NWAKALI (C)
14 IKWU
15 ANUMUDU
17 EBERE
20 OKONKWO

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FT: It ends 4-2 in favour of Nigeria. It will be an all African final between Nigeria and Mali.

A powerful Nigerian shot there.

Corner for Mexico and now a Nigerian throw-in

90- Free-kick to Nigeria. The Golden Eaglets bench can't wait for the referee's final whistle!

The Mexicans attempt to reduce the goal deficit but captain Esquivel's acrobatic shot goes wide.

90- Victor Osimhen goes for glory but he should have passes to a team-mate in good position to score.

87- David Enogela fouled. From the ensuing free-kick Osimhen chases down the ball but is stopped by Romero.

Penalty for Nigeria. John Lazarus is brought down after a Victor Osimhen cross. Record-chasing Osimhen steps up. Scores. 4-2.

This is Osimhen's 9th goal of the World Cup.

79- Throw-in for Mexico. But the Eaglets starlets behind the ball, counter. Another shot from distance wasted. Orji Okonkwo seems to have over stretch his leg there. Medical attention for him

Guerrero's shot goes wide.

A dipping free-kick by Nwakali leads to Nigerian corner. Victor Osimhen couldn't score but Nigeria get another corner.

Osinachi Ebere has been fouled. He receives medical attention. He has been stretched off. Chinedu Madueke replaces him.

69- So close Nigeria. Samuel Chukwueze skips past his marker with a neat dribble but his left footed striker hits the woodwork. The skilful youngster was already peeling off to celebrate!

The Eaglets switch from right to left in the areas they possess the ball.

The forward is set up by Nwakali with a splitting pass with the defenders forming a bank of threes. He unleashesd a low shot which the Mexican keeper touched rather weakly.

67- Osinachi Ebere makes it 3-2 for Nigeria. Goal

63- John Lazarus gives away possession. The Eaglets clear the ball in their 18-yard box.

68' F. EScalante comes in to replace E. Lara for Mexico

62- Orji Okonkwo unleashes another shot but not as effective as the one that led to the goal.

Goal. Diego Coartes dribbles past the entire Nigerian defence to equalise for Mexico. 2-2.

58- Okonkwo flagged offside. Now it is Mexico's free-kick.

55- Magana let's fly a left-footed shot but it goes wide.

54- Corner for Mexico. Ejike Ikwu deflects a ball bound for the Nigerian net. Swift counter by the Eaglets.

53- Kelechi Nwakali's shot is off target

52- Aguirre is flagged offside. The Eaglets attack through Orji Okonkwo but it is goal-kick to Mexico.

50- David Enogela intercepts a pass.

50- Victor Osimhen loses the ball. Mexico with a counter.

47- Victor Osimhen runs into a channel but flagged offside after an Okonkwo pass.

Orji Okonkwo fires his shot over the bar

The Nigerians clear their lines but Udoh's kick was lame. Throw-in Mexico.

The Golden Eaglets and El Tri form huddles.

45- 2nd half kicks off. The Nigerians with the first touch.

HT: The referee points to the centre circle. Mexico 1-2 Nigeria.

45-+1 Only one minute of added time.

These Mexicans must be wondering what they must do to beat Nigeria! Free-kick to the world champions.

GOAL!! Orji Okonkwo unleashes a thunderous shot to the top right corner! 2-1 for Nigeria.

39- Victor Osimhen chases Samuel Chukwueze exquisite pass but he could not reach it before the ball is cleared. Corner for Nigeria. Back-to-back corners actually.

38- Lara's best effort saved by Udoh for a corner. Mexico were fast down Nigeria's right side. Goal kick.

37- Coach Emmanuel Amuneke applauds Anumudu's long range effort

It is now 1-1. But the ball is still in Nigeria's own half.

35- GOAL! Kelechi Nwakali scores from the freekick. Game on!

33- Nigeria win a free-kick from edge of the Mexican goal area. The Mexicans set up a wall.

32- Lara fouls Nigeria's Orji Okoronkwo. Free-kick.

30- The Nigerian defence clear their lines but the passes have been sloppy. The Eaglets give saway a throw-in now.

28- Udoh Akpan makes a wonderful save from the free-kick. Mexico gets a corner from his punch of the ball. World class save feom the keeper.

27- Goal scorer Magana fouled by Orji Okoronkwo

Udochukwu Anumudu flashes a shot wide after receiving a pass from Kelechi Nwakali.

25- A swift counter attacking move by the Golden Eaglets wins them a corner.

Samuel Chukwueze fouled but the game goes on. Theow-in for Nigeria.

The Eaglets attack through Ebere but it is goal kick to Mexico. Earlier a good chance for Nigeria with a shot.

19- A Nigerian player illegally handles the ball. Free-kick to Mexico.

The Eaglets are suddenly gaining back confidence. Osimhen's header is saved by Romero in Mexico goal.

13- Free-kick Mexico. Nigeria win the ball but give it away for the umpteenth time.

10- Mexico would have it 2-0 but Lara misses the chance!

9- Mexico attack Nigeria's right back position but thankfully the defence deals with the danger. Mexico control the game.

7- Magana controls brilliantly after Aguirre's attempt to chest down and shoot. Udoh Akpan fails to save the shot.

GOAL! 7- Mexico scores.

4- Osinachi Ebere flagged offside, after John Lazarus' cross from right back position.

3- corner to Nigeria. Coartes giving away the ball but it was too deep from Kelechi Nwakali.

3- Udochukwu Anumudu's cross is too long. Mexico retain possession.

2- A cross shot goes behind the post. Victor Osimhen chases a long punt from Udoh Akpan.

Akpan saves an Aguirre low shot

Early pressure from the Mexicans but Nigeria repel their attack.

1- Referee Mohammed from United Arab Emirates blows the whistle. Mexico kick off.

The two teams are singing their anthems, followed by parade of handshakes

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Do you think Nigeria will re-enact the 1993 feat in the U17 World Cup final when the Golden Eaglets defeated Ghana 2-1 in the final?

Which player do you think will be key for the Eaglets on Sunday?

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  1. Reply Post By chinakaram

    If every arm of our government can produce this kind of result, the sky will be our begining. Quote me

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