Germany produced a stunning display of attacking football to kick Nigeria out of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand with a 1-0 win in Christchurch.
The Germans came into the game in great form winning all three of their preliminary games and scoring 16 goals while letting in just one prior to facing the Flying Eagles, supersport.com reports.
The Nigerians were also in buoyant mood ahead of the clash following preliminary stage wins over Korea DPR and Hungary after a calamitous 2-4 defeat to Brazil in the opening game.
It was however the Germans who started the stronger with crisp passing and fluid movement, unsurprisingly mustering the first goal scoring opportunity inside the opening 60 seconds but Julian Weigl shot wildly after he was put through by Julian Brandt.
The Germans were fearfully dominant in the opening stages, employing a high pressing game that completely left the Nigerians out of their depth.
The European champions almost opened the scoring in the ninth minute but Wilfred Ndidi was on hand to provide a goal line clearance.
Nigeria had just one chance in the first half and it came via a set piece which Musa Mohammed played straight at Germany’s goalkeeper, Marvin Schwäbe.
On 19 minutes, the Germans got their just reward with a stunning goal which was blasted home with frightening force by Levin Öztunali after Kingsley Sokari lost the ball in his half.
Germany should have added the the second goal moments later but Hany Mukhtar was denied in spectacular fashion by Enaholo.
The Nigeria goalkeeper was called to action shortly before half time and he came out with flying colours to deny Marc Stendera with a double save, the first, a world class effort.
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