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U20 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria trashes record-holder Argentina in R16

by Lesley Ngwa
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The Flying Eagles of Nigeria have sealed a spot in the quarterfinals of the U20 FIFA World Cup following their 2-0 win over host Argentina at the Estadio San Juan stadium in San Juan Province.

Second-half goals from Ibrahim Muhammad and Rilwanu Haliru Sarki were enough to clip the wings of six-time U20 World Cup champions Argentina.

Into the game,coach Ladan Bosso slightly altered his formation used against Brazil by setting up three strikers upfront, Jude Sunday, Salim Fago Lawal, and Ibrahim Beji Muhammad, instead of one, in a 4-3-3 formation as opposed to the 4-2-3-1 system applied by their opponents.

This change helped Nigeria stay compact on defense, with them soaking up the pressure mounted by Alejo Veliz.

With no clear-cut attempt made in the first half, the Flying Eagles showed a different face in the last 45 minutes. In the 57th minute, substitute Haliru Sarki’s corner was punched away by Gomez, with Nnadi’s follow-up hitting the crossbar.

Three minutes later, Emmanuel Umeh will exhibit good ball control in the midst of three Argentines, flicking the ball to Ibrahim Muhammad, who will slot home a low shot pass Federico Gerth.

Javier Mascherano’s squad will strike back through Carboni’s vicious strike saved by Aniagboso and Luka Romero’s low drive from a distance hitting the post for Daniel Bameyi to put the ball to safety.

In additional time, Haliru Sarki’s head dive will burry all of Argentina’s hopes for a late equalizer thanks to a set piece offered by substitute Victor Eletu.

The flying eagles will face either Ecuador or South Korea.

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