Nigeria U17 team, Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has savoured their emphatic 5-1 win over host country by saying that a good side lost against the best team, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The rampant Nigerian side played with a lot of panache, and the South American lads were under the cosh through the match. Samuel Chukwueze scored in the 1st and and 61st minute, Victor Osimhen also scored twice – in the 66th and through a86th minute penalty kick. Skipper Kelechi Nwakali netted the other from a spot kick in the 17th minute. Chile's consolatory goal was scored in the 81st minute by Allende. That summed up a six-goal exciting confrontation.
"It is true we were effective up front, but we also knew how to block their passing game, forcing them to play uncomfortably in the midfield," Amuneke told FIFA.com of his strategy against Chile.
"My players understood the transition game, that is when to attack, when to defend. We also prepared them mentally, it is not easy to play against the host. Chile has a good team, but today they lost against the best team. I believe they can qualify for the next round," Amuneke remarked.
Chile coach, Miguel Ponce would confirm Amuneke's claim and antidote against his team flow in the match.
"I told the kids: Nigeria respected us more than the result shows. They took measures to avoid us playing quickly, they knew to wait for us and scored after patient plays, they did not keep us in our goal for the whole game," a bemused Ponce told FIFA.com.
"It is true there were physical differences, especially when it came to speed, but it is also true we were not able to finish off the situations we created. Against a good team, they don't forgive you."
Nigeria have already qualified for the Round of 16 even before their last Group A match against Croatia on Friday. The Golden Eaglets top the group with the maximum six points from two matches. Croatia are second on the log with two points from two draws. Both USA and Chile bring up the rear with a point each from two matches, but the United States better placed on the strength of goal difference.