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U-20 W’Cup: F’Eagles Dumps Hungary, To Devour Germany

Posted: Jun 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Nigeria's Taiwo Awoniyi goes around goalkeeper to score the second goal of the game during the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 Group E match

Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi goes around goalkeeper to score the second goal of the game during the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 Group E match

Nigeria’s Under-20 national football team, the Flying Eagles, Sunday glided over the Hungarian team to moved on to the next stage of the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup holding in New Zealand.

The Nigerian side beat Hungary with two unreplied goals, one in each half, from lethal goal scorer, Taiwo, to advance to the competition’s Round of 16, and are poised for a showdown with Germany’s junior side.

Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi opened the tally Nigeria in the 33rd minute when he converted a cross from Saviour Godwin. He came up again in the 54th minute when Attila Osvath or Akos Kecskes went up for a header at the halfway line, collided and missed the ball, leaving Awoniyi with an easy ball that he dribbled past a covering defender before rounding Szekely and hitting the back of the unguarded net.

Speaking after the game in which the Flying Eagles showed strength of character, the team’s head coach, Manu Garba, said they are ready for Germany and any other opponent that may come its way at the competition.

“Our next game is against Germany, but we are ready for any team, because if we want to be champions we have to be ready for all of them,’’ he said on Sunday in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

In a chat with fifa.com, shortly after Garba described the game was “a very good match for us.” The win over Hungary has set Nigeria up for a meeting with Germany, after the team moved to second place in Group E, with six points from two wins and a loss from three games.

The Flying Eagles has so far scored eight goals and conceded four goals, placing second in the group, behind Brazil, which tops the group with nine points.

Hungary, however, qualified in third-place, as one of the best third-placed teams and will now kick off the knockout phase against Group D winners, Serbia, in Dunedin.

Speaking after the game, the coach of Hungary, Bernd Storck, said his players were not at their best and could not have kept up with their opponents.

“Today our players’ fitness level was not at 100 per cent, as it was against Brazil, and to keep pace with an opposition like Nigeria is difficult. “We started well for the first 15 minutes, but they were better. I wanted to give a chance to all my players so I can test their level against these quality sides and I am happy that I managed to do that.’’