U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles defeat Italy’s Azzurrini (Watch Video Highlights)

May 25th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Nigeria put themselves on the doorstep of the Under-20 World Cup knockout stage after a 2-0 win over Italy on Wednesday kept them perfect in Argentina.

Senegal, though, will need some luck to advance out of Group C after dropping their opener against Japan.

In Mendoza, Salim Lawal’s diving header gave Nigeria the lead in the 61st minute and Jude Sunday sealed it in stoppage time.

Nigeria will play Brazil on Saturday in the last Group D game, but can still advance even from third place. Italy will face the Dominican Republic the same day. Nigeria opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over the Dominican, while Italy beat Brazil 3-2 in a battle of two of world football’s powerhouses.

In Wednesday’s late games, Brazil bounced back from the loss to Italy with a 6-0 thrashing of the Dominican Republic, while Colombia held on through 10 minutes of second-half added time for a 2-1 win against Japan, whose Kuryu Matsuki missed a late penalty.

Senegal drew 1-1 with Israel and will need to beat Colombia on Saturday to have a chance of advancing. The Israelis opened the scoring in La Plata in the 58th minute with an own goal by Babacar Ndiaye. Pape Demba Diop equalized in the 80th.


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