Nigeria Retains FIFA U-17 World Cup With Win Over Mali

Nigeria Retains FIFA U-17 World Cup With Win Over Mali

Nigeria became only the second side to retain the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 2-0 win against Mali in Vina Del Mar, with Victor Osimhen scoring his record-breaking tenth goal of Chile 2015.

The Golden Eaglets’ victory made them a record fifth time achievers despite an early setback.

The athletic looking Nigerians had a golden opportunity to take an early lead, after Chato handled the ball inside the box in the third minute but the resultant penalty kick by Osinachi Ebere was punched away from goal by Mali goalkeeper Samuel Diarra and a follow up was made mess off.

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After a goalles first-half which saw the Malians giving the Nigerian defence some running to do, Osimhen broke the deadlock in the 56th minute, finishing with a well taken goal to set a new mark for the most goal in a FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament.

Just three minutes after conceding the first goal against the run of play, Mali slipped further behind when Nigeria made it 2-0 after Funsho Bamgboye got in behind and smashed the ball home to ensure victory for his side.

In the third place play-off, 10-men Belgium defeated Mexico 3-2 in an exciting encounter courtesy of a stoppage-time winner.

Dennis Van Vaerenbergh opened the scoring for the Belgians before a Ricardo Marin penalty threw the game opened. Dante Vanzeir's wonderful chip was cancelled out later by Francisco Venegas's late leveller. When it seemed like going into a penalty decider, Vanzeir again kept his cool in stoppage time to earn his side silver.

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