Defending champions, Nigeria, yesterday proved too much for Brazil in the first quarterfinals of the on-going FIFA U-17 World Cup, beating the Samba Boys 3-0 yesterday in Vina del Mar, Chile.
Three goals from Victor Osimhen, his eighth goal in five games, Kingsley Michael and Udochukwu Anumudu was all the Nigerians needed to cruise into Thursday semifinals against either Mexico or Ecuador.
Brazil had looked bright in the opening stages, but goalkeeper Akpan Udoh was in fine form to keep them at bay.
However, midway into the first half, the Nigerians took control of the proceedings, with Osimhen, John Lazarus, Kelechi Nwakali, Funsho Bamgboye and Chgukwueze running rings round the hapless South Americans.
Osimhen gave Nigeria the lead when he nodded in a John Lazarus’ cross. A few minutes later, it was 2-0 courtesy of a Michael goal, while Anumudu hit a left-footed drive from distance to round off the scoring.