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Under-21s

Nigeria make U20 knockout stages

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AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Nnamdi Ofoborh will be tasting World Cup knockout football after Nigeria squeezed through the group stages in Poland.

Requiring a result in their final group stage match against leaders Ukraine, Ofoborh started in midfield - his first start of the tournament - with the flying Eagles battling to a 1-1 draw that ensured their progress as one of the best third-placed teams.

Danylo Sikan had given Ukraine a first-half lead, with Nigeria then missing the chance to level when Muhamed Tijani saw a penalty saved just ahead of the break. However, a VAR-awarded penalty for handball in the second half gave Tijani the chance to atone from the spot, which he duly did.

Despite a late push from Nigeria, the scoring was completed with the result meaning both sides joined USA in the knockout stages.

Ofoborh played the full 90 minutes in Poland and willnow need to wait until the final round of group games are completed on Friday to learn their fate in the next round. Nigeria will either play Italy on Sunday in Gdynia (4.30pm UK time) or Senegal on Monday in Lodz (7.30pm UK time). 

 

 

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