U-17 WC PREVIEW: Nigeria vs Mexico
Nigeria taking on Mexico, a repeat of the final of the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup which was held in United Arab Emirates.
Mexico and Nigeria have met three times before at the Under-17 World Cup, with Mexico’s only victory against the Golden Eaglets coming in a 1-0 win in Canada, 28 years ago.
The most recent Nigerian win was in the final of the World Cup in 2013, when they came out victorious with a 3-0 victory.
With the exception of a defeat by a talented Croatian side in their final Group A match, after qualification had already been achieved, the Nigerians have exhibited sensational form.
The Nigerians have been relentless in front of goal with Victor Osimhen being the star of show with eight goals from five games. With the golden boot award all but assured, the striker will be looking to go one better than Florent Sinama Pongolle (Trinidad and Tobago 2001) and Souleymane Coulibaly (Mexico 2011), for the record of the most goals scored by a player in a single tournament.
Unlike the defending champions, the Mexicans are yet to lose a game in Chile but have just scored ten goals compared to Nigeria’s 17. Having said that, Mexico have already taken care of free-scoring opponents in this competition, seeing off Germany – who came into their group match with a record of eight goals in two games.
In addition, El Tri are able to boast the second-best defence of the four semi-finalists, with just two goals conceded. Mexico keeper Abraham Romero has made sixteen saves so far in the tournament, making him the competition’s best shot stopper.
One to watch
Victor Osimhen – With eight goals in five games, it’s no mystery who Nigeria’s main man will be. Coming in with a great reputation, Victor Osimhen has not disappointed. Beyond the obvious fact of his composure in front of goal, Osimhen has also impressed with his ability to get his teammates involved in the game.