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