Three-time champions Nigeria on Saturday defeated holders Mexico 6-1 in the ongoing U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates.
In the opening Group F match played at Al Ain, the Golden Eaglets overcame a nervous start to go top of the group
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria now leads the group with three points and a +5 goals difference from one match, ahead of Sweden and Iraq.
The Mexicans were unable to take advantage of their opponents’ trepidation, as striker Ulises Jaimes had a chance to score with his head after only three minutes.
But the Nigerian defence deflected the ball out of danger to get a respite until after about 30 minutes when the Eaglets settled into their rhythm.
After 33 minutes, the Eaglets went ahead through Success Isaac who raced in and rounded the goalkeeper, before pulling the ball back across goal.
Kelechi Iheanacho added the second goal with a clever finish, hitting the ball high into the net over a pair of Mexican defenders.
Seven minutes later, the Eaglets scored again, after Isaac crossed from the left following a fast-break.
But the Nigerians enthusiasm got the better of them as they conceded a goal a minute later, after failing to clear their lines.
The ball fell kindly in the goal area for Jaimes who rounded his marker to score with a low shot into the corner.
However, Iheanacho claimed his hat-trick four minutes into the second-half, slamming home a low shot at the near post after a flick-on from a long throw-in.
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