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Eaglets Beat Mexico, to Face Mali in Final

Valentine Chinyem



In what could be described as a thrilling encounter, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria in the early hours of Friday, beat their Mexico counterpart, 4-2 to secure a place in tfinal against Mali.

Mexico controlled the match in the early minutes, and took the lead early on through Kevin Mahama’s shot, when Kevin Lara beat his man on the Mexican right and delivered a teasing cross into the middle. Aguirre tried to control with his chest, but Magana took charge and fired home.

Nigeria equalised from the brilliant free-kick from the side’s captain, Nwakali lined up a free-kick from around 25 yards, and curled a perfect effort into the bottom left-hand corner. Romero stood no chance.

After half time, the Mexican side scored another as, Cortes stepped up to score what must be considered one of the best goals ever scored in the Estadio Ester Roa. He picked up the ball on the Mexican right just inside the Nigerian half and proceeded to dribble past five players, showing incredible close control before slotting calmly past Nigeeian goalee, Udoh.

The Eaglets, knowing fully well that they must step up their game if they are to play in the finals. Ebere found space on the Nigerian right just inside the Mexican penalty area after a long through ball. His right-footed effort was too strong for Romero, who got a hand to the strike but could not keep it out.

John Lazarus was taken down in the Mexican penalty area, giving Osimhen the chance to score his ninth goal of Chile 2015 and go level at the top of the all-time U-17 World Cup goalscoring charts. He slotted home with ease, adding gloss to the Golden Eaglets victory.

Nigeria head to Vina Del Mar on Sunday for an all-African final against continental champions Mali while Mexico will face off against Belgium in the match for third place earlier the same day.