Nigeria’s Flying Eagles lose 1-2 to Senegal, crash out of FIFA U-20 World Cup


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The Senegal team sent Nigeria’s Flying Eagles packing from the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland on Monday.

The 2-1 loss cost the Paul Aigbogun-led Nigerian team an opportunity to advance to the quarter-final stage.

Trouble started for the team when winger Maxwell Effiom was stretchered off due to injury.

Collins Sor, his replacement, had the chance to put the Flying Eagles in front with the keeper at his mercy after a counter attack, but we soiled the chance.

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Nigeria would soon regret the missed opportunity as Senegal went in front after Sor cheaply lost possession. Amadou Sagna poked the ball home after the Senegalese hit the Flying Eagles on the counter in the 36th minute.

Ibrahima Niane doubled the goal by netting a cross from the right-hand side.

In what would have compounded our woes, Niane came close to making it 3-1 in the 72nd minute, but goalkeeper Olawale Oremade punched the ball away.

With the victory, Senegal would proceed to the quarterfinals while Mali, another Africa’s flagbearers, will confront Argentina in the last round of 16 encounters in Bielsko-Biala on Tuesday.

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