Monday, September 10, 2007

Nigeria win Under-17 World Cup in Dramatic Fashion

Congratulations to Nigeria, FIFA Under-17 World Cup champions for a third time, beating Spain 3-0 on penalties in Sunday's final after a goalless 120 minutes.

Spain missed their first three penalties, and the Flying Eaglets converted all of theirs, through Matthew Edile, Daniel Joshua and Ganiyu Osei.

The victory gave Nigeria their third under-17 world title, having won the tournament in 1985 and 1993.

It was only the fourth time in 12 Under-17 World Cup tournaments that the title was decided on penalty kicks.

The result proved another disappointment for Spain, which has reached the final three times without a championship. (Why does Spain underachieve in every major tournament?)

Macauley Chrisantus was voted the second-best player of the tournament, behind Germany's Toni Kroos.

The Nigerian also won the tournament top-scorer award, with seven goals.

Ghana's Ransford Osei was the second-top scorer, finding the target six times.

Ghana had to settle for fourth place after losing 2-1 to Germany in the third-place play-off match.

Osei pulled the Black Starlets level, but Germany scored the winner two minutes into second-half stoppage time.

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