Nigeria became the first team to reach the Round of 16 of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Brazil on Tuesday night on the back of a superlative hat –trick by forward Ibrahim Sa’id. Two goals in five second-half minutes turned the table against a well –organized and cohesive Ecuador in Goiani
Very early in the game, Sa’id positioned himself in the right place to capitalise on a bad buildup play from Ecuador goalkeeper Joan Lopez, put The Eaglets up after just five minutes.
Daniel Jinadu brought the Ecuadorians back into the game in the 10th minute.
La Tri then came out of the locker room after half-time enjoying more meaningful possession, which led to Johan Mina’s go-ahead penalty goal in the 56th minute – after var overturned the original No penalty call by the on-field ref.
Sai’d completed his brace and hat-trick in the 85th and 89th minutes. The second goal was a stunner, a curling shot from outside the box, flying into the left corner of the post.
Nigeria’s Minister of Youths and Sports Sunday Dare couldn’t hide his feels after the game.
The Golden Eaglets will face Australia for their final game of the group stage on the 1st of November at 21:00 local time.
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