U20 WORLD CUP: Flying Eagles lose 2-4 to Brazil after impressive first half performance

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The Brazilian U-20 team beat Nigeria’s Flying Eagles 4-2 in dramatic and

hugely entertaining game at New Plymouth’s Taranaki

Stadium at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in New


According to a report on FIFA.com, this meeting

involving the African champions and the five-time U-20

World Cup winners, Brazil more than lived up to its


But the South Americans triumphed in the long run in a

game neither side deserved to lose.

It was a game with everything: brilliant goals,

outrageous skill, flowing moves and, at the end, a

horrible error.

Judivan, who would go on to play a huge role, slipped

in Joao Pedro and the overlapping right-back’s low

cross set up Gabriel Jesus for a crisp close-range


Brazil were good value for this early lead, having

started the sharper of the two sides, but it was not long

before Nigeria began flexing their muscles.

Indeed, the Flying Eagles had already hit the post when

they drew level just seven minutes after going behind.

It was a wonderful goal too, with Musa Yahaya sending

an outrageous through ball for Success Isaac to race

through, round the keeper and slot coolly into the

unguarded net.

That sent Nigerian confidence soaring and they added a

second after 28 minutes with yet another well-crafted


This time the net bulged at the end of a slick


It culminated in Yahaya cutting inside past the

challenge of Jorge and crashing a shot high into the net

from the edge of the box.

This was already a wonderful game but if the crowd

thought it could not get any better, they were wrong.

Parity was restored before half-time as Jesus, the

scorer of Brazil’s opening goal, turned provider with

another brilliant pass.

His back-heel through the legs of Onyinye Ndidi was

measured perfectly into the path of Judivan, who

steadied himself and fired low and powerfully beyond

the helpless Joshua Enaholo.

The electrifying standard was not quite maintained in

the second half, but there were still two more goals to

savour — both from Brazil.

First, Boschilia put them in front just before the hour-

mark with a low 25-yard shot that swerved wildly

before clipping the inside of the post on its way in.

Then a calamitous error by Enaholo gifted Brazil the

points, with the goalkeeper allowing the ball to squirm

through legs and enabling Judivan to smash the ball

home from a few centimetres out.

The loss pushed Nigeria into third place and Brazil into

second place in the group, after Hungary beat Korea

DPR 5-1 in the other Group E match.

NAN reports that the Flying Eagles now have to redeem

themselves on Thursday when they take on Korea DPR

in their second match.

They need to win to have a chance of

advancing to the next round.

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