2023 Fifa U20 World Cup: Five observations from Flying Eagles 1-0 loss to South Korea 

Published: June 04, 2023
2023 Fifa U20 World Cup: Five observations from Flying Eagles 1-0 loss to South Korea 

Nigeria's Flying Eagles on Sunday lost 1-0 to South Korea in the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina. 


All Nigeria Soccer takes a look at the observations from the game. 


1. Early Korea dominance 


The Asians had better control of the game early in the game with their more coordinated style and buildup play. 


However, the Flying Eagles started to assert themselves midway through the first half. 

2. Flying Eagles build up plays, passes


The Flying Eagles had good build up plays but they were also fond of retreating by passing backwards and sideways. 


Conversely, the Koreans were forward thinking when they build from the back. 

3. The Eagles right sided attacks 


The Flying Eagles launched most of their attacks from the right side of attack more than the left side. 


The Koreans found it extremely difficult to curtail the Nigerians form there. 


4. Eagles missed Sarki 


Pacy forward Haliru Sarki was not named in the matchday squad for the game against South Korea. 


The Nigerian number 7 failed a fitness test ahead of the game and would have been a menace for the Koreans to deal with from the left side of attack. 


5. Emmanuel was best sub


Umeh Emmanuel came off the bench in the second half with other teammates. 


Ultimately, he proved to be the most lively Flying Eagles player from the substitutes bench. 


Highlight of his hardworking display was when he was close to getting a late equaliser but the ball hit the side netting just before the full time whistle after 120 minutes of football. 


Izuchukwu Michael


Photo Credit: fifa.com


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