Sensational Said hat-trick caps Nigeria comeback
Nigeria engineer another comeback, this time 3-2 over Ecuador
Ibrahim Said scored the first hat-trick of this U-17 World Cup
Golden Eaglets qualify for Round of 16
Ibrahim Said scored the first hat-trick of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ to power Nigeria past Ecuador 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania. The Golden Eaglets mounted a comeback for a second straight match and are now qualified for the Round of 16, sitting on six points.
Said starred for Nigeria from start to finish. First he positioned himself in the right place to capitalise on an errant pass from Ecuador goalkeeper Joan Lopez in the fifth minute. When his side fell behind and trailed well into the second half, Said was there to complete his brace and hat-trick in the 85th and 89th minutes. The second goal was the pick of the bunch, a curling, highlight-reel blast from the outside the left corner of the box.
La Tri went blow for blow with Nigeria for the majority of the match, trading opportunities. They even came out of the locker room after half-time enjoying more meaningful possession, which led to Johan Mina's go-ahead penalty goal in the 56th minute. But the Golden Eaglets began to wrest the game from Ecuador in the 80th minute, and their lead slipped away soon thereafter.
[[flag-aus-xs]] Australia-Nigeria [[flag-nga-xs]] (Brasilia/Gama, 17:00 local time) [[flag-hun-xs]] Hungary-Ecuador [[flag-ecu-xs]] (Goiania/Olimpico, 17:00 local local)
Brazil 2019: Nigeria - Ecuador
Ibrahim Said of Nigeria U-17 celebrates his hat-trick
GOIANIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 29: Ibrahim Said of Nigeria celebrates his three goals after the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 Group B match between Niger...
A general view during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 Group B match between Nigeria and Ecuador
GOIANIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 29: A general view during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 Group B match between Nigeria and Ecuador at Estadio Olimpico ...