Golden Eaglets squeeze through to beat Hungary in cadet World Cup opener

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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have begun their chase for a sixth FIFA Under 17 title in Brazil after they came back from behind twice to outscore Hungary 4-2 in their opening Group B tie played at the Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico on Saturday.

The game was barely three minutes old when Gyorgy Komaromi shot the Europeans ahead but the Eaglets fought back and levelled the proceeding in the 20th minute through Samson Tijani who coolly converted from 12 yards.

Nigeria were behind again eight minutes later after calamitous defending gifted Samuel Major with the golden chance to put his team in the lead again.

The game was 2-1 at halftime in favour of Hungary and the second half started the same way the first half ended with the Eaglets playing as if they were overwhelmed by the occasion.

The introduction of Akinkunmi Amoo and Ibraheem Jabaar in place of Monsuru Opeyemi and Wisdom Ubani in the 58th and 75th minutes provided the tonic with which the Eaglets got their groove back.

Usman Ibrahim would later grab the equaliser in the 79th minute before Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi and Tijani again in the 82nd and 85th minutes made victory certain for Nigeria.

Nigeria has shot to the top of Group B with three points from a game and they will trade tackles with Ecuador on October 29.

The Eaglets are the most successful team in the history of the cadet World Cup having lifted the competition five times in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015.  

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