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Nigeria 5-0 Australia: Eaglets Dominate U-17 World Cup Head-To-Head

Nigeria 5-0 Australia: Eaglets Dominate U-17 World Cup Head-To-Head

After finishing top of their group, the Golden Eaglets will be on the march again when they will take on Australia in the second round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The Junior Socceroos finished as one of the best third-placed teams in the competition with four points, after being drawn in a difficult group that had Germany, Argentina and Mexico. 

This will be the sixth time the Eaglets will cross paths with Australia at the U-17 World Cup with the Eaglets emerging victorious in all the last five meetings. Also it is imperative to note that the Eaglets have scored 12 goals in their meetings against Australia, conceding just three. Ahead of Wednesday's midnght clash, completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI takes a look at the five previous encounters between both teams…

NIGERIA 1-0 AUSTRALIA (CANADA 1987, Quarter-final)

The Golden Eaglets first met Australia at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in a quarter-final clash in Canada in 1987. The Eaglets who were the defending champions then, qualified from a group that had Mexico, Soviet Union and Bolivia. At the end of proceedings, a Christopher Nwosu strike was enough to send the Eaglets to the semi-final.
The team made it to the final but lost on penalty shootout to Soviet Union, after regulation time had ended 1-1.   



After missing the 1991 U-17 World Cup through FIFA suspension, the Eaglets made a return at the 1993 edition in Japan. And one of their group opponents was Australia (they were also grouped with Canada and Argentina),who they defeated 2-0, with goals from Wilson Oruma and Nwankwo Kanu. The Eaglets went on to win the tournament, following a 2-1 win against rivals Ghana in the final.


The next U-17 World Cup in Ecuador 1995 saw the Eaglets and Australia square up against each other in the group stage again. And just like the 1993 edition in Japan, the Eaglets won 2-0. Edward Anyamkygh put the Eaglets a goal up before James Obiora made it 2-0. The Eaglets progressed into the quarter-final but crashed out of the tournament after they lost 2-1 to Oman.


The biggest ever win recorded by the Eaglets against Australia at the U-17 level  was at the quarter-final stage of the 2001 edition in Trinidad and Tobago. The Eaglets ran out 5-1 victors. Goals from Femi Opabunmi (hat-trick), skipper Suleiman Mohammed and Temile Omonigho sealed the emphatic win.
But, unfortunately, the Nigerian lads ended the tournament on a sad note following a 3-0 loss to a Florent Sinama-Pongolle-inspired French side in the final.


In 2003, in Finland, the Eaglets and Australia were grouped together for the third time at the U-17 World Cup. After drawing 1-1 in their opening game against Costa Rica, the Eaglets secured a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia despite going a goal down. Mikel Obi started the fight back when he made it 1-1 before Ezekiel Bala grabbed the winner.  
Sadly, in their last group game, the Eaglets lost 1-0 to Argentina. And eventually they exited the tournament via a toss of the coin after they ended up on the same four points and goals difference with Costa Rica.

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  • ademola 8 years ago

    nigeria wil win australia again

  • Shanna Samuel 8 years ago

    Go,Nigeria go.

  • festus Igbinidu 8 years ago

    Once a soldier is always a soldier, the Nigeria Eaglets will take victory over Australia

  • KOLADE OLOYEDE 8 years ago

    Nigeria golden eaglets will take the victory today

  • Michael Osadebe 8 years ago

    Nigeria will beat Austrialia 4=0

  • BIGPEE 8 years ago

    Good connection

  • Christian Angurum 8 years ago

    Nigeria will emerge victorious in dis game, they are good enough, Up Naija

  • Christian Angurum 8 years ago

    The Nigerian guys are too good, they will win, go Nigeria you will do us proud 

  • it is sure that Nigeria will win Australia 8 years ago

    Nigeria will knockout the ball into the net of Australia. My prayer for eaglet is success of tomorrow and its sure Nig 3–0 Australia

  • I believe Nigeria owns the cup