The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria came from behind twice, to secure a 4-2 victory over Hungary on the opening day of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup.
The Hungarian side seemingly came flying out of their locker room, as they made an explosive start to the game. They took the lead inside the opening 3 minutes thanks to Komaromi, and the Golden Eaglets were off to their worst possible start. They immediately took control of the game from the Hungarians, and looked to create chances through their captain an midfield-general, Samson Tijani.
The Nigerians had the lion-share of possession for the opening period of play, and their relentless pressure eventually paid off on the 20 min mark. Wisdom Ubani was felled by a Hungarian defender inside the penalty box, and Captain, Samson Tijani calmly stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick (well-struck and into the bottom-left corner).
Nigeria continued on the front foot after getting the equalizer, and looked more likely to get the next goal, but sloppy defending allowed Samuel Major to find some space on the edge off the Nigerian box, and fire a beautiful shot into the goal on 28 mins.
The Golden Eaglets went into the break behind by a single goal.
It was more of the same from both sides in the second half, the Golden Eaglets continued to control possession of the ball, while Hungary continued to defend in numbers. The Golden Eaglets found it extremely difficult to break the resolute back-line of the Hungaraians as they barely fashioned any real opportunities.
Manu Garba introduced Akinwunmi Amoo, who brought a much needed spark of life into the side. The Golden Eaglets looked a more energized side with him on the field and started creating some chances
The equalizer came after 79 mins, as Usman Ibrahim scored with a header from a corner. The third goal came almost immdiately after as the Golden Eaglets again hit Hungary on the break, and it was Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi on the end of the cross from the left wing.
Captain, Samson Tijani rounded off the scoring on 85 mins with a free kick that deflected off the wall and beyond the goalkeeper, into the net.
The Golden Eaglets turn a potentially embarrassing defeat into a memorable victory in a matter of minutes..
Full Time: Nigeria 4 -2 Hungary
EaglesTracker ‘Eaglet of the Match’ : Akinwunmi Amoo
Starting XI: Daniel Jinadu, Charles Etim, Clement Ikenna, Usman Ibrahim, Samson Tijani, Monsuru Opeyemi, Hamzat Ojediran, Ibrahim Said, Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi, Wisdom Ubani, Olakunle Olusegun
Subs: Amoo, Stephen, Agba, Edun, Olawale, Francis, Nwackukwu, Jabaar, Bichi, Oluwabusola
Starting XI: Hegy, Laszlo, Horvath, Balogh, Orosz, Ominger, Kata, Kosnovszky, Major, Nemeth, Komaroni
Subs: Megyeri, Vaits, Buna, Zuigeber, Hosszu, Barath, Toth B., Molnar, Mester
The Golden Eaglets face Ecuador in their second game of Group B on October 29, 2019