Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets were denied the chance of setting a new record for consecutive victories at the U-17 global finals due to their 1-2 defeat in the hands of Croatia early Saturday morning.
The run of seven wins in a row sees Nigeria level with Brazil (1997-1999), Mexico (2011) and Switzerland (2009).
Despite missing out o a chance to set a new milestone, the Eaglets are through to the second round of the ongoing tournament in Chile having finished top in Group A with six points.
The defeat for Nigeria on Saturday came despite the fact that the Eaglets took the lead through Victor Osimhen in the 20th minute.
However, the stats revealed that Nigeria were indeed second fiddle to their opponents as it turned out that the Eaglets had just two shots on target from six attempts while Croatia had 23 attempts from which they got six on target and scored two – though they should have scored more from their 60% possession.
Nikola Moro was the inspiration behind Croatia’s victory against Nigeria in Coquimbo, the Dinamo Zagreb schemer set up both goals in their 2-1 come-from-behind victory which sealed their progress to the knockout stages for the first time.
This is the second time the Eaglets are losing to Croatia in the last 30 days. The Eaglets lost to the East Europeans 3-2 at the Suwon Cup in Argentina.