Argentina 0-2 Nigeria: Flying Eagles soar into quarter-finals of FIFA U20 World Cup

Bosso's men end a run of 10 straight U20 World Cup victories for Argentina

The Flying Eagles are through to the quarterfinal of the FIFA U20 World Cup after beating host, Argentina 2-0 at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina on Wednesday.

Second-half goals from Ibrahim Muhammad and Rilwanu Haliru Sarki secured the ticket.

The Nigerian U20 team started brightly, but as the first half wore on La Albiceleste began to dominate. Veliz had two semi-sniffs at goal as the break approached, heading one narrowly over and flicking the other into the arms of Kingsley Aniagboso.

Nigeria made the breakthrough just after the hour. Emmanuel Umeh flicked the ball over the top for Muhammad, who stabbed it past goalkeeper Federico Gomes Gerth. Argentina piled on the pressure in search of a leveller – and came agonisingly close when Luka Romero’s low drive struck the inside of the post – but Haliru Sarki’s late header secured a famous triumph for Nigeria.

Nigeria will now face the Ecuador-Korea Republic winners in the quarter-finals in Santiago del Estero on Sunday.

The Flying Eagles have ended a run of 10 straight U-20 World Cup victories for Argentina in Argentina. La Abliceleste had won all seven games when they hosted the tournament in 2001, and their first three at this edition.

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