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Golden Eaglets celebrate after defeating Uruguay to book a semi-final ticket at the on-going U-17 World Cup in UAE
Golden Eaglets beat Uruguay 2-0, through to semi-finals IFEANYI EDUZOR
he Golden Eaglets of Nigeria continued their good run, in the on-going FIFA U-17 World Cup when they defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter finals of the biennial tournament to set up a semi- final clash with Sweden in Dubai on Tuesday. The match that was played in Sharjah saw Uruguay having the first chance on goal in the 6th minute of play when Enrique Etcheverry combined effectively with Learndro Otormin in front of Nigeria goal area, but he got the wrong foot on the ball. It was not until the 18th minute that Nigeria discovered their redeem when Kelechi Iheanacho, scorer of five goals in the tournament, laid a good pass deep from the midfield to Taiwo Awoniyi who wasted no time in putting the ball beyond Uruguayan keeper, Thiago Cardozo for the opener.
After the goal, the South Americans came out in full force looking for the equalizer with Kevin Mendez and Learndro Otormin testing Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Dele Alampasu from distance with powerful shots. But it was Nigeria who controlled most of the possession and created the more dangerous chances. Captain Musa Mohammed’s cross from the right after 34th minute was only narrowly missed by Awoniyi. The three-time champions, Nigeria, who have scored 18 goals in their first four games before heading into the quarter- final match made all efforts to increase the tally, but the 2011 runners- up absorbed all the pressure with the first half ending 1-0 in favour of the Eaglets. On resumption of play at the second half, the South Americans came out more determined to cancel the goal and made several incursions into Nigeria’s goal
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area, but the wonderful display of the Nigerian goal keeper who combined effectively with the defence kept them in check. However, the final blow came in the 79th minute, and it followed the same pattern as the first Nigerian goal. Kelechi Iheanacho picked up a perfect pass at the edge of the area from Chidiebere Nwakali and managed to race past two Uruguayan defenders before putting the ball towards unmarked Awoniyi who wasted no time in putting the ball in the far corner of the post to earn the team a well deserved 2-0 victory. With the result, Coach Manu Garba’s team who are gunning for their fourth title since the introduction of the tournament will now move to their seventh U-17 World Cup semi- final when they face Sweden whom they earlier forced to a 3-3 draw in their Group F cracker. The match comes up November 5.
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rgentina booked their place in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup by beating Côte d’Ivoire 2-1 yesterday. The contest at the Sharjah Stadium lacked spark, but the Argentines did just enough to push through to the last four where they will face defending champions Mexico in Abu Dhabi. The South Americans were in no mood to waste time, taking the lead after only six minutes of play on the final day of action in Sharjah. Matias Sanchez picked up his head in a wide right position and sent in a dangerous, looping cross that flew over Ivorian defenders. Joaquin Ibanez was well positioned in the area, collecting the ball on his chest before taking another touch and firing past Ivorian keeper, Seck Diabagate. After this goal, the Baby Elephants had no choice but to come out of their defensive shell and push forward into attack. After 15 minutes, Aboubakar Keita tried to curl a free-kick past Augusto Batalla, but the Argentine keeper was up to the task and caught the ball with relative ease. Two minutes later, Kouame Nguessan went on a flying raid up the left side and pulled the ball back across the penalty area. Kouassi Begbin made a hash of his first touch, and by the time he turned and got a shot off, he couldn’t generate enough power to trouble the keeper. The South Americans doubled their lead in the 33 minutes through Rodrigo Moreira who kept his cool to stretch past his marker and poke a bouncing corner-kick over the line with the bottom of his boot to end the first half 2-0. On resumption of the second half, the Ivoirians started pressing forward, trying to get a foothold in the contest. But they failed to find any kind of attacking rhythm and the Argentines were happy enough to absorb pressure and make occasional counter attack. The Ivorians gave themselves a lifeline in the 77th minute when Digbo Maiga’s cross was blocked by the hand of Leandro Vega in the area. Captain Kessie stepped up to convert the penalty, but it was too late for Côte d’Ivoire as the match which produced eight yellow cards ended 2-1 in favour of the South Americans.
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