Nigeria is the real deal
[UNDER-17 WORLD CUP] Nigeria's 6-1 win over Mexico in their opening game at the Under-17 World Cup was no fluke. The Green Eaglets coasted to a 3-0 win in Friday's
final at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi to win their record fourth U-17 title. An own goal in the ninth minute put Mexico behind, and it could never recover.
Mexico had several
chances in the opening moments until everything went wrong when Erick Aguirre pushed a ball into his own goal.
Goals from Kelechi Iheanacho (rebound of Musa Muhammed's long-range blast) and Muhammed (brilliant free kick) in the second half sealed the victory for
Nigeria, which set a tournament record with 26 goals in seven games.
Iheanacho won the adidas Golden Ball as tournament's top player ahead of Brazilian Nathan and Mexican Ivan Ochoa.
Nigerian U-17 World Cup Finals:
1985 Nigeria 2–0 West Germany
1987 Soviet Union 1–1 Nigeria (4-2 on
1993 Nigeria 2-1 Ghana
2001 France 3-0 Nigeria
2007 Nigeria 0-0 Spain (3-0 on penalties)
2009 Switzerland 1-0
2013 Nigeria 3-0 Mexico
Sweden beat Argentina, 4-1, for third place. Valmir Berisha scored a hat trick to win the adidas Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer with seven
goals. Iheanacho and Brazilian Boschilia finished tied for second with six goals.
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