Abuja (NAN) Title-holders, Nigeria, on Sunday cruised into the FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-finals after stunning three-times champions Brazil with three goals in five first half minutes in a 3-0 victory.
Victor Osimhen, with his eighth goal in five games, Kingsley Michael and Udochukwu Anumudu battered Brazil in the quarter-final match played at the Sausalito stadium in Vina Del Mar, Chile
After the goals, the Golden Eaglets only needed to play the rest of the game out at to reach the final four where they will meet either Ecuador or Mexico.
Brazil had looked bright in the opening stages, either finding Akpan Udoh in fine form in the Nigerian net or hitting their opportunities off target.
Rogerio and Evander were two of the culprits, as the Nigerians waited patiently for their chance.
The South Americans were made to rue those missed opportunities when the lethal Osimhen extended his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts.
John Lazarus crossed from the Nigerian right and the Nigerian top striker headed in, via a deflection off Eder Militao.
Moments later, Nigeria doubled their lead, with Osimhen instrumental once more.
The forward hooked a bouncing ball back over his shoulder, with Michael following in.
The ball bounced up off the turf and past Juliano.
The Brazilian goalkeeper deceived by another bounce just four minutes later, as Anumudu hit a left-footed drive from distance.
The effort skipped off the turf, and past the goalkeeper, who was visibly unhappy at not keeping the shot out.
The second period saw few clear-cut opportunities, with Funsho Bamgboye and Evander going closest for either side.
But, in truth, it was a mere procession for the holders to take a step closer to retaining their title as they head to Concepcion for Thursday’s semi-final.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eaglets will be up against the winner of Monday’s quarter-final meeting between Ecuador and Mexico.