The Flying Eagles were a long way from their best against the Europeans, yet verified the point they expected to advance to the U20 World Cup knockout stages
Nigeria booked their spot in the last 16 of the U20 World Cup civility of a 1-1 attract with Ukraine Bielsko Biala on Thursday.
USA’s success over Qatar in the night’s other Group D game implies that Paul Aigbogun’s side completed third in the gathering and will take on either Senegal or Italy on Monday.
The Flying Eagles had beaten Qatar and bowed to the United States to enter their last Group D coordinate, against effectively qualified Ukraine, requiring just a point to achieve the knockout stage.
Be that as it may, Nigeria hardly compromised in Bielsko Biala, as Okechukwu Weah began the seat, and they were dull before objective.
The Europeans’ initial swagger hinted at no decreasing, yet they led the pack in the 32nd moment through Danylo Sikan, who headed home Oleksii Kashchuk’s cross.
Paul Aigbogun’s young men barely represented an assaulting danger amid the primary half, yet took discarded a brilliant risk to level issues on the stroke of half-time.
Ukraine’s goalkeeper was called vigorously again halfway through the main half, getting down insightfully to drive Bryan Oviedo’s penetrated strike around the post.
Andriy Lunin spared Muhamed Tijani’s punishment after VAR affirmed Oleksandr Safronov had fouled the previous.
Five minutes into the second half, VAR gave Nigeria another possibility after it affirmed Denys Popov took care of Tijani’s objective bound shot.
The striker offered some kind of reparation for his first miss by terminating past goalkeeper Lunin to even the scores at the Bielsko Biala Stadium.
In spite of passing up on various opportunities in the end minutes of the game, the Flying Eagles had the option to save a point, sending the lucky Africans through.