FIFA U20 World Cup: Former Super Eagles Star Guides Flying Eagles on How to Beat Hosts Argentina

FIFA U20 World Cup: Former Super Eagles Star Guides Flying Eagles on How to Beat Hosts Argentina

Babajide Orevba
May 30, 2023 at 8:48 AM
  • Nigeria vs. Argentina is the most anticipated game of the Round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup
  • Having finished third in Group D, the Flying Eagles set up a classic cracker against the host nation
  • Former Super Eagles striker Peter Ijeh has shared a tactical approach on how Nigeria can come out victorious

Former Nigerian international, Peter Ijeh has admitted that it will be difficult for the Flying Eagles to beat hosts Argentina at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria face a herculean task on Wednesday night when they take on Albicelestes in the second round of the tournament at the San Juan Stadium.

Having finished third in Group D behind Brazil and Italy, Nigeria progressed to the Round of 16 as one of the best losers, setting up a clash with the hosts.

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Nigeria vs Argentina is slated for the San Juan Stadium. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu
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Argentina finished top of Group A with a maximum of 9 points, having won all their matches. They are lethal in front of goal, scoring ten in the group stage.

The defence has also been resolute, having conceded just once, following their 2-1 win over Uzbekistan on the opening matchday.

Daily Post reports that despite finishing the group stage with six points alongside Brazil and Italy, Nigeria ended in the third position.

Peter Ijeh has warned that playing the hosts is a totally different ball game. He told Sports Brief:

"Curtailing the Argentines is to close down the building up from the back, because every build-up has corresponding player movements that drag the opponents from their original position.
"Keeping the ball in the opponent's half is essential to reduce the opponent's offensive momentum."

The former Julius Berger and FC Copenhagen striker added that the Flying Eagles should not depend on counter-attack tactics.

"It will be an error to sit back and depend on one counter-attack. Yes! Counter-attack is possible if it can be executed effectively. Also, sitting back and allowing the opponent to dominate every area is also dangerous."

Brazil finish top of group

Sports Brief reported that Brazil finished top of Group D at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina following their 2-0 win over Nigeria.

The South Americans continued their dominance over their Nigerian counterparts since they first met 40 years ago at Mexico '83.

They have recorded five wins over the Africans, who have only managed two draws in their meetings.

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