Eaglets eliminated from FIFA U17 World Cup

Eaglets eliminated from FIFA U17 World Cup
Five –time champions Nigeria bid bye to the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup finals in Brazil after losing 1-3 to late bloomers the Netherlands in their Round of 16 clash in Goiania in a match that finished in the early hours of Wednesday in Nigeria.The Dutch lost their first two matches of the competition and only got into the knockout stage thanks to their 4-0 defeat of USA in their final group phase encounter, while Nigeria topped Group B following wins over Hungary and Ecuador and shock defeat to Australia.The Golden Eaglets’ untidy habit of conceding early in their games proved ill –advised this time, as Sontje Hansen scored in the fourth minute and then followed up with two more goals to render Olakunle Olusegun’s goal from a blistering shot in the 12th minute of no effect.A game of very high intensity at the Estadio Olimpico was decided by tactical awareness, silky skill, economic football and good organization, with the Eaglets doing most of the running but failing to get their passes right in the critical zone. They were also guilty of wayward shooting.After Olusegun cancelled Hansen’s first goal, the Nigerian youngsters had themselves to blame...