U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles fall to Brazil in Group D battle

U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles fall to Brazil in Group D battle

Two first-half goals from Jean Pedroso and Marquinhos in the 43rd minute and the second minute of the first-half extra time gave Brazil a crucial 2-0 victory against the Flying Eagles of Nigeria during the U-20 World Cup.U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles fall to Brazil in Group D battle

It was the last round of the group D match played at Estadio Ciudad de la Plata, Buenos Aires, and the Flying Eagles first loss after two earlier victories against Italy and the Dominican Republic.

With the victory against Nigeria, Brazil took over the leadership of Group D with six points and a seven-goal advantage.

Italy took second place with six points and a two-goal advantage after an unassailable 3-0 victory against the group’s whipping team, the Dominican Republic.

The loss to Brazil degraded the Flying Eagles to third place on the log with six points and a one-goal advantage.

It was obvious that the last group match between Brazil and Nigeria was won and lost on the bench.

Flying Eagles Coach Ladan Bosso’s gamble to drop two of his hatchet players, Ibrahim Muhammad and Benjamin Frederick, for Emmanuel Umeh and Augustine Njoku cost him the match and group D leadership.

In the absence of the two Flying Eagles players in the first half of the match, Brazil scored the two goals that gave them leadership of the group and a crucial victory against Nigeria.

On his part, Brazilian U-20 Coach Ramon Menezes rested his danger man Matheus Martins until the 77th minute of the second half, when he substituted the second goal scorer, Marquinhos.

Douglas Mendes substituted Brazil’s alternate goal-poacher, Marcus Leonardo, in the 89th minute.

Both the Flying Eagles technical crew and the players thought that group D leadership had been sealed with the 2-0 victory against Italy and almost paid dearly for this obvious oversight.

It is hoped that the team will learn from this oversight and maximize it to good effect in subsequent matches of the global youth football championship.

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