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Flying Eagles Beat Italy 2-0 To reach FIFA U-20 World Cup round-of-16

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Flying Eagles of Nigeria reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Italy in their second group D match decided on Wednesday May 24.

A resilient Nigeria U-20 team stunned the Gli Azzurrini of Italy courtesy of a 61st minute header from Salem Fago and a stoppage time strike from the impressive Jude Sunday.

The win takes Nigeria to top-spot in group D plus a place in the round-of-16 with a final group stage clash vs Brazil to spare.

It was the Flying Eagles who carved out the first chance of the match in the very 1st minute.

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Nigeria forward Samson Lawal saw his effort saved by the Italian goalie.

Tommaso Baldanzi, Simone Pafundi and Cesare Casadei all tested the Nigerian goalkeeper in a drab opening half which had Nigeria threaten through Samson Lawal, Jude Sunday and Solomon Agbalaka.

In the 61st minute, Nigeria deservingly broke the deadlock when Salem Fago headed home a cross from Emmanuel Umeh.

The goal sparked life into the Carmine Nunziata tutored Italy U-20 team but it was the Flying Eagles who doubled their lead deep into stoppage time.

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Jude Sunday scored from a Chijioke Aniagboso assist to seal a 2-0 win for Nigeria over Italy.

As it stands, Nigeria lead in group D with 6 points from victories over Dominican Republic and Italy who occupy second spot with 3-points.

The Ladan Bosso tutored Nigeria U-20 team will now face Brazil in the last group game on May 27, same day Italy will play Dominican Republic.

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