Again, Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets came from behind to get a memorable victory as thy overcame stiff challenge from south America’s Ecuador to get a 3-2 win in their second Group B match of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.
The match hero was undoubtedly Ibrahim Said whose three goals delivered a Round of 16 place for Nigeria.
Even with a game to spare against Australia and with a three goal surplus, the Nigerian side has obtained an almost unassailable lead in the group.
Almost like in the opening game with Hungary, the Nigerian side took off slowly like a smoky locomotive but ended up like a supersonic jet, notching two valuable goals in the last five minutes of the match while trailing 1-2.
The supersonic finish underlines the now well-acknowledged fighting spirit of Nigeria and the desire never to give up even in the face of stiff challenges.
The game had hardly settled into a perfect pattern when a lurking Ibrahim Said latched onto a loose ball from defensive error by the Ecuadorian rear to fire past a displaced Joan Lopez in goal for the opening goal.
But the ovation that greeted the fifth minute goal had hardly died when a fierce shot by a Ecuadorian attacker hit the post but ricocheted to the back of an already beating Nigerian goalkeeper, Daniel Jinadu to give an own goal to Ecuador.
In the second half, a VAR review led to a 53rd minute penalty award to Ecuador. it was converted by Johan Mina. Then began Nigeria’s come-back efforts which yielded dividends in the last five minutes.