Thursday, November 5, 2015

FIFA U-17 s/final cracker: Nigeria, Mexico in titanic showdown

IT will be a Titanic battle when Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets battle Mexico in a FIFA U17 World Cup semi-final today. Nigeria are looking forward to successfully defend the World Cup and continue their superiority over Mexico, who were runners-up in the last edition in UAE two years ago. Amuneke said his team must be at their best against the Baby El Tri, who will be hard pressed to avenge their losses at the last tournament. “The Mexicans are a very good side and their performance so far at Chile 2015 is an indication that they have a very solid structure back home,” he noted. “But we are working to ensure that the players are mentally ready for this big match.” Both teams have met three times at this competition with Nigeria winning two and Mexico winning one. Their first meeting was at the second edition of the competition in Canada in 1987, which Mexico beat Nigeria 1-0 in a group match. Nigeria beat Mexico at the UAE 2013 twice, 6-1 in the group stage and 3-0 in the final. Sunday’s clash will be a clash between one of the most potent attacks at this World Cup against one of the tightest defences.

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