Suwon Tourney: Denmark Disgrace Nigeria U-23s 6-2!

Suwon Tourney: Denmark Disgrace Nigeria U-23s 6-2!

By James Agberebi:

Nigeria U-23s were humiliated 6-2 by Denmark in their second game at the 2016 Suwon Invitational Tournament in South Korea on Saturday.


An own-goal by Erhun Obanor and goals from Emil Larsen (hat-trick) Patrick Da Silva and Emiliano Marcondes sealed the emphatic win for the Danes.

Nigeria’s two goals were scored by substitute Taiwo Abdularahman.

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The U-23 Eagles had earlier lost 1-0 to hosts South Korea in the opening game.

Their third and final game of the four-nation tournament will be against Honduras.

The early part of the game saw the Danes asking all the questions and were rewarded with a seventh minute penalty which was saved by Emmanuel Daniel.

In the 13th minute, Taiwo Awoniyi had a chance to put Nigeria ahead but his header went over the bar.

Five minutes later, a last ditch clearance from a Denmark defender prevented Awoniyi from scoring the first goal of the game.

In the 26th minute, Erhun Obanor diverted a cross into his own net to give Denmark a 1-0 lead.

Awoniyi came close to making it 1-1 but his attempt off a cross from Sincere Seth was well saved by Lukas Fernandes in goal for Denmark.

Emil Larsen scored two quick goals to put Denmark 3-0 up.

His first came in the 34th minute before adding another in the 38th minute.

On the struck of half time, the U-23 Eagles made three changes with the trio of Stanley Amuzie, Abdulrahman and Godwin Saviour replacing Effiong Ndifreke, Stanley Dimgba and Nathan Oduwa.

Six minutes into the second half, Awoniyi missed a clear chance for the U-23 Eagles.

In the 54th minute, Larsen completed his hat-trick to put Denmark 4-0 up.

Patrick Da Silva got on the score sheet on 62 minutes to make it 5-0 in favour of Denmark.

Awoniyi had a chance in the 64th minute only to see his effort come off the cross bar.

In the 73rd minute, the U-23 Eagles made another triple change with Tonbara Tiongoli, Yusuf Mohammed and Ubong Ekpai going in for Julius Emiloju, Daniel and Awoniyi.

Two minutes later, Marcondes scored to make it 6-0 in favour of Denmark.

And with five minutes left, substitute Abdulrahman got a goal back for the U-23 Eagles to make it 6-1.

Abdulrahman bagged his brace when he scored again in the 88th minute.

Nigeria Starting XI Against Denmark
Coach: Samson Siasia

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  • thompson 5 years ago

    This is not our real squad oo!!! Lolzzz

  • There must be a good explanation for the loses otherwise I’ll suggest we save money by not going to Rio except if that will incure more fines and sanctions…

    This must be investigated. If the first was due to jet lag or fatigue, what’s this due to?

  • PapaFemi 5 years ago

    If the first loss was due to jet lag, how do u explain this one Mr. Coach? Siasia’s greatest weakness is the way he selects players for competitions. He believes that any player can be picked anywhere and sent to tournaments. The same mistake he made in 2009 at WYC in Egypt. And remember, Germany sent us packing in d second round that we barely qualified for ad the third best jour group. Siasia believes so much in attacking football so much so that he often leaves his defence unattended to. Mr Coach, my humble advice is that you get it right this time with your team selection. Your teams often have very weak defence. And your attack, as effective as they always look, are always wasteful too. It showed in 2009 WYC. The sAme thing happened in 2011 and 2016 when we conceeded late late goals to exit AFCON qualifiers. You should have learnt from your mistakes and do the right thing. With the quality of players available to you for the Olympics, you have no excuse not to do well. Good luck.