FIFA U-17: Nigeria Beat Mexico To Set Up All-African Final Against Mali

CONCEPCION, CHILE - NOVEMBER 05: Orji Okwonkwo of Nigeria celebrates his team's second goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 Semi Final match between Mexico and Nigeria at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion on November 5, 2015 in Concepcion, Chile. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Defending champions Nigeria and impressive outsiders Mali overcame Mexico and Belgium respectively in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 to advance to the final.

In just their fourth appearance at this level, Les Aiglonnets have achieved a feat that no other Malian national side at any age category has ever managed: progressing to the showpiece match of a FIFA-run tournament.

They were made to work hard for their reward, however, as the Belgians went toe-to-toe with them for large portions of the match. Lady Luck also played her part in the Africans’ victory, when a seemingly harmless long ball bamboozled the Belgian goalkeeper and allowed them to take a 2-1 lead.

Nigeria, meanwhile, booked themselves a place in the final for an astonishing eighth time in 11 attempts. Like Mali, Emmanuel Amuneke’s men were tested to the limit by an entertaining Mexico team, and in the process both sides produced what is likely to be regarded as the game of the tournament to date.

Indeed, the clash had just about everything, including tit-for-tat scoring, six goals, three of which had fans leaping off their seats, and intense emotions until the very last kick of the ball.

CONCEPCION, CHILE - NOVEMBER 05: Players and officials of Nigeria celebrate in the dressing room after the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 Semi Final match between Mexico and Nigeria at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion on November 5, 2015 in Concepcion, Chile. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CONCEPCION, CHILE - NOVEMBER 05: Head coach Emmanuel Amuneke of Nigeria reacts during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 Semi Final match between Mexico and Nigeria at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion on November 5, 2015 in Concepcion, Chile. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CONCEPCION, CHILE - NOVEMBER 05: Orji Okwonkwo #20 of Nigeria celebrates his team's second goal with team mates during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 Semi Final match between Mexico and Nigeria at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion on November 5, 2015 in Concepcion, Chile. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CONCEPCION, CHILE - NOVEMBER 05: Kelechi Nwakali (2R) of Nigeria celebrates his team's first goal with team mates during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 Semi Final match between Mexico and Nigeria at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion on November 5, 2015 in Concepcion, Chile. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CONCEPCION, CHILE - NOVEMBER 05: David Enogela, Osinachi Ebere, Kelechi Nwakali and Ejike Ikwu (L-R) of Nigeria react after Kevin Magana of Mexico scored his team's first goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 Semi Final match between Mexico and Nigeria at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion on November 5, 2015 in Concepcion, Chile. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
CONCEPCION, CHILE - NOVEMBER 05: Kevin Magana (L) of Mexico celebrates his team's first goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 Semi Final match between Mexico and Nigeria at Estadio Municipal de Concepcion on November 5, 2015 in Concepcion, Chile. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)







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