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FIFA U-17: Eaglets Thump Australia 6-0, Cruise To Quarterfinals

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Defending FIFA U-17 World Cup Champions, Nigeria have booked their spot at the quarterfinals of the on-going competition, after beating Australia 6-0 in their second round at Vina Del Mar on Thursday morning.

Victor Oshimen opened the scoring for the Eaglets in the 22nd minute of the game, with the team’s captain, Kelechi Nwakali doubling Nigeria’s lead from the penalty spot, three minutes later.

In the second half, the Australian’s looked incoherent as they gave the ball away far too easily, while Nigeria were playing with a swagger and got their third through Osimhen in the 73rd minute as he pounced on a cross which Dragicevic had failed to clear.

Victor Oshimen completed his hat trick six minutes later with another laser-perfect drive into the roof of the net.

The dispirited Australians conceded two more goals in the dying minutes as substitutes Edidiong Michael Essien, and Samuel Chukwueze inflicted further pain, as Nigeria stormed into the last-eight in confident fashion.

Victor Osimhen became the outright top goal scorer in the competition, with his first hat-trick of the Chile 2015 U-17 World Cup.

He has now scored seven goals in the competition.

The Eaglets 6-0 victory over the Aussie’s of Australia is the joint-biggest win in the history of the FIFA U-17 World Cup knockout stages, level with Japan’s 6-0 win against New Zealand in 2011, which also came in the Round of 16.

Speaking to newsmen after the game, Coach Emmanuel Amuneke insisted that their victory will not distract their preparations for the task ahead, as Nigeria will face Brazil in the last eight of the competition.

The former African footballer of the year said: “We thank God we were able to score 6, take our chances. We are in the quarter finals and am happy for the team.

“We are not saying we’ve arrived, but we’ll prepare to face Brazil. They’re a good side we played them in SUWON.

“Brazil are the favorites for this tournament but we’ll come up with a plan to get a result.”

The game against Brazil is slated for 8pm Nigerian time at Vina Del Mar, Chile, on Sunday.