African reigning Under-20 champions, Nigeria’s Flying Eagles, on Monday morning lost to Brazil’s Under 20 team 2-4 in their opening match in the ongoing FIFA under 20 world cup in Taranaki, New Zealand.
Brazil drew the first blood by scoring the first goal in the fourth minute in the six-goal thriller through Gabriel Jesus who scored with a crisp close-range finish.
Nigeria’s Isaac Success, however, leveled up the score-line in the 10th minute and the Flying Eagles went on to take the lead in the 28th minute through Musa Yahaya.
Parity was restored before half-time as Gabriel Jesus, the scorer of Brazil’s opener, turned provider with another brilliant pass.
Jesus’ back-heel through the legs of Onyinye Ndidi was measured perfectly into the path of Judivan, who steadied himself and fired low and powerfully beyond the helpless Joshua Enaholo, Nigeria’s goalkeeper.
The electrifying standard was not quite maintained in the second half, but there were still two more goals to savour – both from Brazil.
Fourteen minutes into the second half, Brazil’s Boschlia’s effort delivered the goal they needed to take the lead once again in the 59th minute.
The Flying Eagles ferocious efforts in a spirited attempt to get back into the game did not pay off as the Brazilians scored again in the 83rd minute through Judivan.
A calamitous error by goalkeeper Enaholo gifted Brazil the fourth goal, with the goalkeeper allowing the ball to squirm through legs and enabling Judivan to smash the ball home from a few centimeters out, thereby, sealing the South Americans’ victory.
The Flying Eagles will play their second group match on Wednesday.