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Nigeria is the real deal
November 8th, 2013 5:26PM

TAGS:  mexico, u-17 world cup


[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 penalties)
1993 Nigeria  2-1 Ghana
2001 France 3-0 Nigeria
2007 Nigeria 0-0 Spain (3-0 on penalties)
2009 Switzerland 1-0 Nigeria
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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