Nigeria’s Flying Eagles on Thursday morning beat South Korea 4-0 in their Group E match in the ongoing FIFA Under-20 World Cup at the New Plymouth Stadium, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Two quick second half braces from Saviour Godwin and a goal each from Sokari and substitute Success Isaac were enough to seal the Eagles’ victory and redeem themselves from their 4-2 defeat by Brazil in the first match and enhance their chance for a last 16 qualification.
Nigeria’s first goal came in the third minute of the second half when the Korean goalkeeper hurried out to challenge Godwin who had connected a Bernard Bulbwa cross to blast home.
Godwin again found the net three minutes after in the 51st minute to double his tally, when he skillfully slotted the ball through the legs of a Korean defender and goalkeeper, following an equally skillful midfield display by Taiwo Awoniyi.
Kingsley Sokari’s third goal for Nigeria came in the 71st minute when he converted a corner kick which found its way to him with a laser-guided shot from the edge of the area into the top left corner.
With about 10 minutes of play left, the rampaging Flying Eagles were not done yet with the goal feast as a slick team display with an excellent exchange of passes between Awoniyi and substitute Success Isaac culminated in Isaac scoring from a rather tight angle to seal the African champions’ victory.
With today’s impressive performance and convincing victory over Korea’s Coach An Ye Gun’s side, 49-year-old Coach Mau Garba’s Eagles will take on Hungary’s equally good team in their last Group E match that is crucial to the last 16 qualifications.
Hungary, which beat Korea 5-1 in their opening group match were, at the time of filing this report playing Brazil which earlier triumphed over Nigeria with a 4-2 win.