FIFA U20 WC: Three Talking points from Nigeria’s victory against Dominican Republic


The Flying Eagles Nigeria got their first three points of the FIFA U20 World Cup against the Dominican Republic and despite being overwhelming favorites, it ended up being a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

Nigeria surprisingly struggled against the Caribbean nation, and were unconvincing in the final third.



The Flying Eagles, even needed two defensive mistakes to win the contest.

Here are three talking points from that scintillating encounter.

Dominican Republic History maker

Edison Azcona wrote his name in history books of Dominican Republic, when he converted from the penalty spot against Nigeria.

The goal was his nation’s first-ever goal at a FIFA World Cup tournament at any level.

He was also Dominican Republic’s attacking threat and worried the Nigerian defense all through.

However, Guillermo de Pena also got on the score sheet but it was an unfortunate own goal.

Problems in Flying Eagles Attack

For all the good works of the defense and midfield, the attacking department was a worrying sight to behold as they just didn’t compliment the team’s overall game.

The players got overwhelmed by the occasion and wanted to impress; playing individualisyic football and failing to pick out the right passes.

Jude Sunday was a culprit and could have easily walked away with the man of the match award had he chosen to be more unselfish in many instances.

Salem Fago and Samson Lawal were also responsible for poor decision-making and the lack of synergy in the attack must be something that gives Ladan Bosso sleepless nights.

Italy Tougher than Envisaged

The next group game will be against Italy, and despite the conception that the Europeans may be weaker than Brazil, the Italians defeated the five-time winners, 3-2 in their opening game; with an adoring first-half performance.

Nigeria should expect a very compact and effective Italian side on Wednesday, and the match may prove to be the decider for the Flying Eagles as Brazil is expected to make light work of the Dominican Republic, and be charged up for the last game against Nigeria.

Hence, it is only logical that Ladan Bosso’s team gets all three points against Italy.

However, the task is easier said than done and Italy will be a tougher nut to crack.


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