It was the end of the road for Nigeria’s U20 team, Flying Eagles as they were knocked out of the FIFA U20 world cup by fellow West Africans, Senegal.
Two goals scored by Senegal in the first half was enough to see them win 2-1 despite a resurgence from the flying Eagles in the second half
Victory at the Lodz Stadium sees Senegal earn a spot in the quarter-finals.
Forward Amadou Sagna broke the deadlock in the 36th minute with a low, right-footed effort and Ibrahima Niane would double the lead for the Senegalese late in first-half stoppage time.
The Flying Eagles had a superb start to the second half, scoring five minutes after the whistle. From a free kick just outside the penalty area, Success Makanjoula sent his cross left of the wall and found the boot of Aniekeme Okon, who flicked in the easy goal.
It was a tight contest in the final minutes that saw wits and will tested, but the Lions of Teranga willed their way to victory and a spot in the quarter-final.