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FIFA U20 World Cup: Nigeria’s U20 Team Hit Ronaldo’s ‘Siuuu’ Celebration After Eliminating Argentina
- Nigeria knocked hosts Argentina out of the FIFA U20 World Cup on Wednesday night
- Goals from Ibrahim Muhammad and Rilwanu Sarki helped the West African nation oust Javier Mascherano's side
- They will now face the winner between Ecuador and Korea Republic in the quarterfinals in Santiago del Estero on Sunday, June 4
Nigeria's U20 men's team pulled off a remarkable upset against six-time champions Argentina to reach the last eight of the ongoing 2023 FIFA U20 Men's World Cup.
The West African nation braved the odds to stun the hosts 2-0, causing a deafening silence at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario on Wednesday night.
A strike from 19-year-old Ibrahim Muhammad gave the Flying Eagles the lead before Rilwanu Sarki drove a dagger right through the hearts of Argentina with a diving header to end the game as a contest in stoppage time, Mundo Albiceleste reports.
The result left Argentina, managed by former Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano, crestfallen, while Ladan Bosso’s side celebrated their momentous feat.
As if the heartbreaking defeat for Argentina was not enough, the Nigeria U-20 team proceeded further to rub salt on the injury of their opponents by hitting Cristiano Ronaldo's iconic 'Siuuu' celebration.
Nigeria's choice of celebration has sparked a significant reaction on the internet, particularly due to the sporting rivalry between Lionel Messi, an Argentinean, and Ronaldo.
Given their respective nationalities, the celebration has created reverberations online, fueling discussions and debates among fans of both football superstars.
Nigeria ends Argentina's streak
The South Americans, six-time winners of the competition, had emerged victorious in all seven matches when they hosted the tournament in 2001, and they continued their winning streak by clinching three triumphs in the current edition. However, Nigeria halted their impressive run with a well-deserved win.
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How Nigeria stunned Argentina
Sports Brief earlier reported that the Flying Eagles of Nigeria are through to the quarter-final of the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina.
Ladan Bosso’s side defeated hosts Argentina right inside the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario on Wednesday night.
Argentina put up a fight, but the Nigerian defence stood resolute. As the game entered stoppage time, Rilwanu Sarki put the icing on the cake with a flying header to make it two-nil.