The Flying Eagles of Nigeria suffered a slight setback in their quest to win their first U-20 FIFA World Cup following a 2-0 loss to the United States of America (USA) on Monday night.
Paul Aigbogun’s team began the tournament in Poland on a comprehensive note when they whitewashed Qatar 4-0 and needed a win to guarantee qualification to the next round against the American side.
However, the USA had other plans having lost their first game against Ukraine, they came out of the blocks flying and controlled possession with quick-short passes and speed.
The USA had a shot deflected onto the post and it went behind for a corner. From the resultant set piece, Sebastian Soto was left unmarked inside the box and he rose highest to head past Olawale Oremade in goal for the Flying Eagles.
McKenzie did not look comfortable and fouled Kingsley Michael for a penalty but after consultations with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the decision of the referee was reversed and an offside call given against Nigeria.
Zulkifilu Rabiu tried an audacious bicycle kick but his effort was well saved by the USA goalie Scott.
The Flying Eagles never got a grip of the game as the much quicker and sleek USA team controlled the match and ran out 2-0 winners at the end. The victory gives the USA three points, same as the Flying Eagles, who sit second courtesy a better goals difference.
Nigeria will face group leaders Ukraine in their final match in Group D while USA plays bottom side, Qatar on Friday, 30th May, 2019.