2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup: USA stun Nigeria 2-0

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
USA Sebastian Soto's brace sink Nigeria at FIFA Under-20 World Cup
USA Sebastian Soto's brace sink Nigeria at FIFA Under-20 World Cup

Nigeria's campaign at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup currently taking place in Poland suffered a setback after losing 0-2 to USA in their second group game on Monday.

A brace from striker Sebastian Soto denied Nigeria's Flying Eagles a point as the USA recorded their first win at the competition, having lost their opening game to Ukraine.

Following their win against Qatar in the opening game in Group D, the Flying Eagles had hoped to make it a second win in a row but they were rather stunned as the Americans secured all three points on a rainy night at the  Bielsko-Bialo Stadium.

USA coach Tab Ramos made just one change to the line up that lost the opening game against Ukraine, and it paid doubly. First, Soto slipped his marker and nodded home Alex Mendez’s corner-kick service at the far post in the 18th minute, giving the USA a 1-0 lead.

The Young Strips and Stars celebrate Sebastian Soto's double against Nigeria

Less than one minute into the second half Soto snuck past the Nigeria defence yet again, doubling his team's advantage. Chris Gloster played him through beautifully after a marauding run inside from the left-back. Soto then got his feet and hips right, waited for the goalkeeper to collapse and popped the ball into the net with the inside of his right foot.

Nigeria had their chances, leaving the USA fighting hard to keep trouble at bay from the green and white shirted lads' individual efforts toward the end of the first half, however, they could not make it count.

First, substitute Aniekeme Okon’s ferocious full volley at the top of the area was saved by Brady Scott. That was followed by forward Maxell Effiom’s stinger from outside the right corner of the box which clipped the crossbar a minute later.

In the end the USA were resolute, holding on to greatly lift their chances of advancing from Group D.

The result leaves Group D open and all to fight for in the final group games on Thursday as Ukraine jumped into the lead with six points after beating Qatar 1-0 in the other group match.

After match day two, Ukraine lead with six points, Nigeria are second on three points, USA are third on three points and Qatar fourth without a point.


Group D

MatchDay Two results

USA 2, Nigeria 0

Qatar 0, Ukraine 1

Upcoming matches

May 30
Qatar-USA (20:30 local time)
Ukraine-Nigeria (20:30 local time)