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Golden Eaglets beat South Korea, ready for Brazil 2019 U-17 World Cup


Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets showed class on Wednesday as they defeated South Korea 4-2 in their second friendly game at the HWT Sports Academy in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Wednesday’s game was Nigeria’s second friendly since arriving in Brazil for their final preparation for the World Cup scheduled to hold in the South American country.

Nigeria opened scores when Divine Nwachukwu headed Samson Tijani’s shot from outside the box into goal in the sixth minute.

Stunned by the early goal, the South Koreans came out to attack their more illustrious opponents. They were rewarded with a penalty three minutes later when Usman Mohammed fouled Hong Sungwook inside the box.


Oh Jaehyeok beat Steven Sunday in goal for Nigeria to make the 1-1 after just 10 minutes.

The Koreans then took the lead in the 40th minute when Choi Minseo rose high to nod Lee Taeseok well taken corner kick into the net. The lead only lasted for a minute as the Golden Eaglets equalized when Olakunle Olusegun scrambled the ball into the net when the Koreans could not clear their lines.

In the second half, Monsur Abdulsalam and Divine Nwachukwu gave way for Akinkunmi Amoo and Jabaar Ibraheem to brig a new fillip into Nigeria’s game. And it worked as with five minutes remaining, Jabaar set up Olusegun, who made it 3-2 in the 86th minute.

The Eaglets saved the best goal for the last when Jabaar laid a pass for Charles Etim at the edge of the box and the defender hit the ball with a curly shot that sailed into the net to give Nigeria a 4-2 victory.

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