U17 World Cup: SF Preview Nigeria V Mexico

Nigeria U17Mexico and Nigeria meet on Thursday evening in a repeat of the 2013 U17 World Cup final but this time a place in Sunday’s final is at stake.

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will be looking to make it to their fourth final in five attempts, which signals their dominance at this level. Mexico’s El Tricolor will prove to be more than capable counterparts as they aim to claim a third straight spot in the final.

Revenge will be in Mexican hearts after Nigeria defeated the Central American side 3-0 in the 2013 final in Abu Dhabi, the young guns of Mexico have recovered well from that defeat and have gone on to lift their second constructive CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Mario Arteaga’s men find themselves in the semi-final after advancing top from a group which contained Germany, Argentina and Australia and defeating hosts Chile and Ecuador in the knockout phase.

Mexico U17Nigeria have showed their credentials as world champions with an outstanding 17 goals in only five matches in Chile. A large share of the West African side’s goals have come in the knockout stage with comfortable 6-0 demolition of Australia followed by an excellent 3-0 win against Brazil in the quarter finals. Tournament top scorer and Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen will be looking to add to his impressive tally of eight goals so far in Chile.

A contrast of styles in promised as Mexico head into the match with a fine defensive record of only shipping in two goals so far at the U17 World Cup.

Both Mexico and Nigeria will be looking to maintain their 100% win rate at the semi-final stage but one of these familiar foes will lose that record. The Africans will head into the contest as favourites but Mexico will not go down without a fight in Chile. A heavyweight clash is expected as these familiar foes face off.

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