Nigeria vs Australia: Golden Eaglets lose 2-1 to Aussies in Brasilia

Nigeria vs Australia saw the Golden Eaglets lose their first match at the ongoing tournament in Brazil

Noah Botic scored each half of the match as Peter Olawale got the only goal for the Nigerian side

Manu Garba’s side top Group B as Ecuador beat Hungary to go level on points with the Golden Eaglets Nigeria vs Australia ended 2-1 in favour of the Aussies but the Golden Eaglets top Group B at ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

The Golden Eaglets dominated the early exchanges of the game but the Aussie goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic was equal to the task when called into action on several occasions.

But it was the Australian side that took the lead in the 14th minute as a neat build up cut open the Nigerian defence and Noah Botic had to score into an empty to make it 1-0.

Seven minutes later, parity was restored as a brilliant individual effort of Peter Olawale saw his right-foot shot buried into the far corner to make it 1-1.

Both teams were evenly matched for the remainder of the first 45 minutes as it was all fair and square during the break.

The Aussie’s got themselves back into the lead as the Golden conceded a cheap penalty and Botic sent the keeper the wrong way to make 2-1 in the 54th minute.

Samson Tijani, Olawale and Akinkunmi Amoo all had chances to bring game back on level terms but missed their chances. The Australians carried the day as they recorded their first victory over the Nigerian side in an U17 tournament.

In the other Group B game, Ecuador defeated the Hungarian by 3-2 to go joint-top with Nigeria but the six-time champions were better off on goal-difference.

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