Nigeria's Golden Eaglets showed no mercy as they dumped world champions Mexico 6-1 in an opening U17 World Cup group game yesterday.
It was an emphatic victory over Mexico after the Eaglets started slowly with the defending champions all over their place and enjoying more of the ball. Kelechi Iheanacho scored double brace, while Isaac Success and Chidiebere Nwakali scored one each. Mexico started the game on a high note, taking charge with first shot on target in the 3rd minute but saved by Alapamsu in goal but could not capitalise on that to punish Nigeria. In 19th minute Nwakali cleared off the goal line what could have been the first goal of the game after Alapamsu fumbled an aerial ball. Chidera Ezeh fired wide from the edge of the box in the 20th minute and 22nd minute. Iheanacho scored the opener in the 33rd minute against the run of play when he fired a left-footed shot to the roof of the net off Isaac Success who set him up after his shot on target was blocked by Mexico goalie. In the 40th minute, Kelechi Iheanacho hit a brace to give Nigeria 2-0 lead after a great footwork inside the Mexico 18-yard box. A minute later, Jaimes capitalised on the defensive blunder to score for Mexico and take the tally to 2-1. It was a complete one-sided game in the second half with Nigeria kids on rampage.
Iheanacho completed a hat-trick with volley from a Success flick from a throwing in the 49th minute. Nwakali extended the Eaglets lead in the 52nd minute to 4-1 with a 25-yard shot. In the 55th minute Zarradden Bello's attempt at goal was saved for a corner kick by Mexico goalkeeper. Isaac scored in 60th minute, before Iheanacho scored his fourth goal of the night in the 70th minute to make it 6-1 with another left-footed strike.