Sports: U-17 World Cup – Nigeria and Mali Advance to Semi-Finals

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Sports: U-17 World Cup - Nigeria and Mali Advance to Semi-Finals

The Nigerian golden eaglets defeated their Brazilian opponents by three goals to nothing. Immediately after this match, the Malian team went ahead to defeat the Croatian team by a lone goal. The Nigerian and Malian teams therefore become the first two teams to advance to the semi-finals.

The Nigerian U-17 team virtually overpowered the Brazilian team. The Brazilian team began with a couple of threatening moves which they could not convert into goals. Against the run of play, the Nigerian team netted in their first goal in the 29th minute through a header by Osimhen at the end of a perfect cross from Lazarus.

Less than a minute later, the Nigeria team scored their second goal. Osimhen, tussled with two defenders to put a bouncing ball back into play for Michael to fire in a shot. The shot bounced off the turf leavig the goalkeeper watching as it sailed into the net.

A few minutes later, the left full back Anumudu took a speculative shot from a distance, forcing the goalkeeper to attempt a save. The attempt was unsuccessful as the ball was pushed into the net giving the Nigerians their third and final goal.

The Nigerian team scored all three goals within five minutes of each other. There is no doubt that this team is the team to beat in this tournament.

Malian team advance to the semis The Malian team also advanced to the semi finals by beating  Croatia by a lone goal. the goal was scored  in the 20th minute  buy Koita. Some African’s are already looking forward to an  all African finals.  Whether this will happen will be decided on  Thursday as the two semi final matches are played.

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