How Did the Eaglets Win Against the USA in Chile?


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The Nigeria Golden Eaglets used an outstanding defensive effort to defeat the United States 2-0 in the opening round of the FIFA Under-17 2015 World Cup in Santiago, Chile. The October 17 contest was scoreless for the first half of play until the defending-champion Nigerians pulled away in the second.

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USA's Haji Wright came the closest to breaking the scoreless tie 13 minutes in, but he could not keep his open look from sailing over the crossbar. The first score came five minutes into the second half from Chukwudi Agor, who smashed the ball by goaltender William Pulisic when the Americans were unable to clear the ball amidst a scramble near their net. With 30 minutes remaining, star striker Victor Osimhen doubled the score, providing the final tally.

USA player Auston Trusty received a straight red card with three minutes left during play, and the Golden Eaglets used the one-man advantage to control the tempo of the game until the final whistle.

The Golden Eaglets, who entered play in Chile hoping to win a record fifth FIFA U-17 World Cup title, followed up the match with a 5-1 victory over Chile in the next round, while the United States and Croatia played to a 2-2 tie.

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