U17 World Cup Nigeria 1 Vs Australia 2 Botic's Brace Trips Wasteful Eaglets
By Iwedi Ojinmah 16 days ago
Date: Friday, November 1st, 2019
Time: 9: PM
Venue: Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico
Surface: Natural Grass
TV: BON and SuperSport
Australia edged Nigeria 2-1 in the teams' final Group B encounter at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ at the Estadio Bezerrão in Brasilia (Gama). Noah Botic continued his fine form in the tournament by netting a brace, scoring a goal in each half in what was an intense match with both sides enterprising in their attacking play.
This was a significant result for the Joeys, not only for its immediate value in securing their qualification to the Round of 16 as one of the best third-place sides, but also for its historical value. This was the first win for Australia against Nigeria at their seventh attempt in the U-17 world finals. Australia coach Trevor Morgan will be delighted by the form of Botic. The forward has scored four of Australia's five goals at Brazil 2019 and he will be a player Morgan will know he can rely on to deliver in the knockout stage.
Already qualified for the last 16, Nigeria showed the quality and talent they have in their side despite the result. They were thwarted by an inspired Australian defence led by goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic, who made multiple saves on the evening. Nigeria head coach Manu Garba will be pleased with his team's response after going down early when Peter Olawale, who was making his debut, equalised in the 21st minute with a terrific curled, left-footed shot from the edge of the box. However, the Golden Eaglets are going to want to improve on their finishing in the knockout stage as they failed to be clinical in front of goal in a game when they registered 34 shots in total.
Nigeria looks forward to grabbing full 9 points against Australia in their last group B match at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is taking place in Brazil. Meanwhile going into the encounter on Friday, Australia will be throwing in all their might against one of the Tournament's favourite.
The Golden Eaglets (below) currently sit on top of group B with 6 points to their name after winning their first two group matches and have already booked a spot in the knockout stageRelated: 2021 Afcon Qualifier : Lesotho 2 Vs Nigeria 4 FT
If I were Nigeria's coach, I would use this opportunity to experiment on other players who haven't featured in the tournament just yet. However, this is a Nigerian side that is so used to winning and I doubt if the gaffer will be leaving any stone unturned against Australia on Friday. That's why he is a World Cup winner and I am not.
The Five-time World Champions has shown resilience in both its games so far having fallen behind against Ecuador and Hungary but coming back to win both games.
Australia, on the other hand, will be going all out into this game against Nigeria and will be hoping to upset the Africans. The Joeys (below) as they are called, know what's at stake and they will also be hoping that Ecuador does not secure a win over Hungary.
In their past 6 meetings with Nigeria in this competition, Australia has failed to record any win against the Golden Eaglets and have lost all. Looks like things will remain the same.
Awareness Prediction: Nigeria 2 Australia 0