Nigeria, Angola advance to U17 World Cup knockout stage

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GOIANIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 29: Ibrahim Said #20 of Nigeria celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during the match against Ecuador for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 on October 29, 2019 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
GOIANIA, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 29: Ibrahim Said #20 of Nigeria celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during the match against Ecuador for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 on October 29, 2019 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Nigeria and Angola booked their places in the Round of 16 at the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil after both teams won their second consecutive group games on Wednesday.

Ibrahim Said scored a hat-trick as five-time champions Nigeria came from 2-1 down to beat Ecuador 3-2 at the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania.

Said had given the Nigerians the lead after just five minutes but they trailed following a 10th minute own goal by Daniel Jinadu and a 56th minute Johan Mina penalty.

Said, however, netted twice in the final four minutes to seal his hat-trick and victory for Nigeria. Said’s hat-trick is also the first hat-trick of this tournament.

The Golden Eagles also came back from 2-1 down in their opening match against Hungary to win 4-2.

Nigeria now sits top of Group B, three points clear of Ecuador and five ahead of Australia and Hungary, who are third and fourth respectively.

Nigeria’s final group game will be against Australia on November 1 at the Estadio Bezerrão in Brasilia.

In Group A, debutants Angola struck in the 94th minute through David Muale Nzanza to secure a 2-1 win against Canada Estadio Bezerrão in Brasilia.

Angolan forward Zini’s first-half strike was cancelled out by Jacen Russell-Rowe early in the second half.

Angola is joint-top of the group with three-time champions Brazil, who have also qualified for the knockout stages, on six points but lies second due to an inferior goal difference.

Angola will next play hosts Brazil at the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania on November 1 to determine who wins the group.

The knockout stages will begin on November 5.

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