UEFA/CAF U17 Tourney: How Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Lost to Senegal in Six-Goal Thriller

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets squandered a 2-1 lead at the end of first half to superior second half performance from Senegal to lose 4-2 in their last group game at the UEFA/CAF U17 tournament in Turkey.

Even before the game, things did not go well as usual for the Eaglets as Wisdom Ubani picked up an injury during the team’s warm up exercise, which subsequently ruled him out of the game.

Howbeit, the Nigerian boys went into the game dictating the pace and opened scoring in the 13th minute through red hot attacker, Olakunle Olusegun to make it his third goal in the tournament having scored in both previous games against host nation Turkey and Guatemala.

A brave Senegalese side did not sit back to soak up the pressure but rather retaliated in the 29th minute courtesy of an own goal. Their celebration was cut short when they also suffered the same fate of an own goal in the 31st munute.  The scoreline remained at 2-1 at the interval.

Like a wounded lion, Senegal took the game to Nigeria in the second period, bombarding the defence of the Eaglets for the equalizer and got rewarded with a penalty which was converted for an equaliser in the 51st minute.

The Eaglets will later concede two more goals gifting Senegal a 4-2 victory at the end of 90 minutes.