FIFA U-17 World Cup defending champions Nigeria beat hosts Chile 5-1 on Tuesday to progress to the knock out stages. Samuel Chukwueze opened the score just 30 seconds into the match, which set the pace for the defending champions.
Chukwueze then grabbed his second of the game thanks to sheer determination on the hour mark. He worked his way into the Chilean penalty area, performed a couple of stepovers and, after seeing an initial shot blocked, slammed a left-footed strike past Lopez.
Chile’s defence will be glad to see the back of the Nigerian No8, as he burst into the Chilean penalty area once more moments later and was felled again, this time by substitute Brian Leiva. For the second spot kick, it was Osimhen who stepped up, and he matched Nwakali’s first effort by firing home.
Substitute Funsho Bamgboye later hit the post before Chile’s consolation came courtesy of Marcelo Allende, who slammed past Akpan Udoh from Luciano Diaz’s cross.
Nigeria joins Korea Republic in the last 16, with Chile set to face USA in a pivotal final clash back at the Estadio Sausalito on Friday.