U-17 WORLD CUP: NIGERIA ROAR BACK TO DOWN HUNGARY

The Nigeria U-17 national team twice came from behind to record a 4-2 win over Hungary in their opening Group B encounter at the U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

The European side led 2-1 at half-time, but the Golden Eaglets staged a remarkable comeback in the second period to extend their winning run in the competition to five matches.

Manu Garba’s side started the game on the back foot, going behind inside the opening three minutes to Gyorgy Komaromi’s header from a deep, far-post cross. That lead lasted until the 20th minute: striker Wisdom Ubani was fouled in the box, and the referee duly awarded a penalty, which Nigeria captain Samson Tijani converted to level.

Nigeria however continued to struggle at the back, and were soon behind again: Samuel Major putting Hungary 2-1 up.

The second half saw the Golden Eaglets with the majority of possession, but it was the introduction of Akinkunmi Amoo that swung the momentum of the match. As the tempo went up, Nigeria finally found an equaliser from a corner. Centre-back Usman Ibrahim punished goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi’s decision to come for the delivery, heading into an unguarded net for 2-2.

The turnaround was complete just a minute later as, in an uncanny replication of Hungary’s opener, Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi snuck in at the back post and headed in Ibraheem Jabaar’s deep cross.

Captain Tijani then put some gloss on the scoreline, as his free-kick from a long way out was deflected in, wrong-footing Hegyi completely.

Nigeria will next face Ecuador on Tuesday, October 29.

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