Nigeria beat Saudi Arabia in a 2-0 victory to finish first in Group D and secure a Round of 16 match with England, while the Saudis have the daunting task of Brazil ahead.
John Obuh’s Flying Eagles set a Nigerian tournament record in posting a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia which confirmed them as Group D winners.
It was Saudi Arabia who had the first chance. With just two minutes gone, Saudi defender Salam Aldawsari tested Nigerian goalkeeper Dami Paul, but the keeper was threatened little by the attempt.
Goals by Ahmed Musa and Olanrewaju Kayode meant Obuh’s squad became the first Nigerian side to qualify with three wins from the group stages of the Under-20 World Cup.
Their remarkable goals tally of 12 for and only 2 against is also a benchmark unmatched by previous Nigerian teams at the competition.
It also put them in an elite company of only four teams to score 12 goals or more in group play at the Under-20 World Cup.
Nigeria’s 12 goals in 2011 equals Yugoslavia’s 12-3 tally Chile 87, although Obuh’s wards have their noses slightly in front on goal difference, having conceded one less goal.