Nigeria vs USA ended in a 2-0 victory for the Americans as they got their campaign back on track
- Sebastian Soto scored in both half of the match to give his side a crucial win over the Nigerian side
The Flying Eagles remain second in Group D with goal-difference as Ukraine go top with two wins
Nigeria vs United States ended in a 2-0 win for the Americans as the Flying Eagles lose their first game in Group D at the ongoing U-20 World Cup in Poland.
It was United States who got up and running in the 18th minute as Alex Mendez’s corner was well met by Sebastian Soto who was clearly unmarked in the 18-yard area. 1-0 it was to the Americans.
Son of Liberian president and PSG star Timothy Weah was set clear with a through ball having only the keeper to beat but Olawale Oremade produced a fine save to keep Nigeria in the match.
It should have been 2-0 in the 23rd minute as the Nigerian side failed to clear their lines properly giving the US team a scrambled goal but the VAR ruled out the goal for an offside.
Early substitute Aniekeme Okon forced a magnificent save from the American keeper Bard Scott in the 38th minute after coming on for Manchester City’s Tom Dele-Bashiru.
Things got better for the Flying Eagles as Kingsley Michael’s shot hit the woodwork in 40th minute but Nigeria still trailed by 1-0.
Jamil Muhammad also tested the goalkeeper in the 42nd minute by straight into the hands of Scott who was brilliant on the night. The first ended in favour the Americans in the highly entertaining fixture in Group D.
Just from the blast of the second half whistle, Soto doubled the lead for the United States as the move started straight from kick-off and Konrad de la Fuente with the final pass for the Hannover striker who applied a brilliant finish to make it 2-0.
Four minutes after the hour mark Mark McKenzie barged into Michael as the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty for the Flying Eagles but the VAR unfortunately Henry Offia before the foul was committed.
Paul Aigbogun’s side could not find the back of the net as the Americans went away with a comfortable 2-0 win.
It almost went bad to worse for Nigeria as substitute was shown a yellow after the VAR reviewed his tackle from behind on Paxton Pomykal.
The Flying Eagles are now second in Group D with goal-difference after Ukraine go top following win over Qatar in the other match.
Nigeria and Ukraine will play the last group match which will decide their fate group while the US will slug it out with Qatar who are yet to earn a point.