Golden Eaglets crash out of U-17 World Cup
Nigeria's Golden Eaglets crashed out of the 2019 U-17 World Cup following a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands at the Estadio Olimpico in their Round of sixteen clash on Wednesday morning.
Manu Garba handed starts to Akinkunmi Amoo, Ibrahim Sa'id and Peter Olawale in Goiania, and also reinstated Daniel Jinadu in goal but it was the Dutch that looked the more fluent in the opening exchanges.
Sidos FC's Amoo teed up Olakunle Olusegun for the equalizing goal twelve minutes later, as it looked like the team was beginning to find their feet into the game.
But after only three minutes from that strike, some slack defending yet again exposed the African side's soft underbelly when Hansen was allowed too much time and space in the box to grab his brace and put the Netherlands back into the lead.
The scoreline stayed in the favour of the Dutch for much of the game no thanks to Nigeria's culpability in passing up great chances, with Peter Olawale and Olusegun the main culprits.
Hansen made them pay even more when he converted a penalty to grab his third goal after Var had adjudged Ferdinand Ikenna to have blocked Mohamed Taabouni's shot with his hand in the 76th minute.