FIFA U-20 World Cup: Nigeria through to last 16 with Ukraine draw

Nigeria join fellow West African side, Senegal in the last 16 stage of the competition
FIFA U-20 World Cup: Nigeria through to last 16 with Ukraine draw

Nigeria’s U-20 side qualified for the Round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland following their 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Thursday. The African side qualified as best losers with four points.

Danylo Sikan headed home from close range in the 30th minute to give Ukraine a 1-0 lead.

Nigeria looked to have lifeline in the closing stages of the first half when a penalty was awarded to them after Muhamed Tijani was fouled in the box. Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Lunin saved the resultant spot kick.

In the second half, Nigeria were awarded a second penalty in the 47th minute after VAR confirmed that Denys Popov handled the ball in the area.

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Tijani made ammends for his first half miss, firing past Lunin this time to ensure the two sides shared the spoils.

In the other group match, USA beat Qatar 1-0 to finish second in the group with six points, a point behind group leaders Ukraine and two above Nigeria.

Nigeria join fellow West African side, Senegal in the last 16 stage of the competition.

Today, Mali will play France with a chance to clinch a place in the next round, while South Africa face an uphil task to advance when they face Portugal.


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