The Nigeria U-17 side are out of the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Brazil after a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in their Round of 16 clash in Goiania.
The Round of 16 meeting, played in the early hours on Wednesday, saw a Sontje Hansen hat-trick inspiring the Dutch side to a big win over five-time champions Nigeria.
The Dutch came into the encounter with just a win from their opening three games, as against the Golden Eaglets, who topped Group B despite a shock final group game defeat to Australia.
The Eaglets were behind as early as the fourth minute. Hansen opened up his body, received a pass and then slotted home brilliantly, leaving Nigeria’s goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu helpless.
Olakunle Olusegun soon restored parity for Manu Garba’s side, curling home a beauty from distance in the 12th minute of the game.
The Dutch side then regained their lead after the young West Africans’ defence failed to clear their lines, allowing Hansen to smash home an unstoppable effort for his second of the game in the 15th minute.
Despite a host of changes in the second half, Nigeria failed to find a response, and they conceded a third 10 minutes from time. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) spotted a handball by Clement Ikenna in the area and a penalty was awarded. Up stepped Nigeria’s tormentor-in-chief Hansen, who fired past Jinadu to complete his treble.
The Netherlands will face either Paraguay or Argentina on November 10 in the quarterfinals of the competition.