The Golden Eaglets continued in their high scoring fashion when they saw Iran off by four goals to one in their Second Round match at the ongoing FIFA U-17 football tournament in UAE.
The experience so far means that spectators going to see the Golden Eaglets play at the ongoing FIFA U-17 competition are assured of witnessing at least five goal during the 90-minute duration of the match.
Three of Nigeria’s goals came in the first half of the match.
The first baptism of goals was administered by Samuel Okon when he found the net in the 23rd minute of the match.
Two minutes after Okon’s goal, Iheanacho found the net and it was 2-0 to Nigeria.
Like the case was with their other opponents, it was not as if the Iranians were push-overs, no not at all. Ball possession was 53% – 47% in favour of the Iranians.
Putting it in other terms, the Iranians had the ball for a total of 22 minutes compared to the 19 minutes that Nigerian players had the ball for.
Three minutes before the half time whistle was blown Musa Mohammed slotted in the third goal.
Both teams came out for the second half of the match and from the way the Persians played against Nigeria you’d be forgiven to think the match was still goalless.
They made dangerous incursions into the Nigerian penalty area and forced the boys in green to concede a free kick right at the edge of the penalty box.
Unfortunately for the Persians, it was Musa Yahaya, wearing a Nigerian jersey who scored again, making it 4-0 for Nigeria inside the last 15mins of the match.
The disappointment on the faces of the boys sitting on the Iranian bench was evident. There was no way they could overturn a four goal deficit in 15 minutes.
Iran’s consolation goal came through Ali Gholizadeh in the 84th minute of the match but there was little cheer from the Iranians as they were faced with the impossible task of scoring three goal against Nigeria in less than ten minutes just to be level.
In all, the Iranians gave good account of themselves and showed good sportsmanship after the match, shaking hands and hugging the Nigerian players.
The Golden Eaglets play Uruguay next in the quarter final of the competition on Saturday.