Ecuador vs Nigeria: Ibrahim Said scores hat-trick as Golden Eaglets win 3-2

Ecuador vs Nigeria: Ibrahim Said scores hat-trick as Golden Eaglets win 3-2

- Ecuador vs Nigeria ended 3-2 in favour of the Golden Eaglets as they qualify into the last 16

- The Nigerian side had to come back from a goal down to defeat their South American opponents

- Ibrahim Said scored a hat-trick as an own goal from Daniel Jinadu and Johan Mina penalty registered Ecuador's second

Ecuador vs Nigeria saw the Golden qualify into the round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

Ibrahim Said scored two late goals to complete his hat-trick as an own goal from Daniel Jinadu and another from Johan Mina put Ecuador ahead.

The Golden Eaglets got off to a flying start after just five minutes as Said capitalized on a poor clearance by the goalkeeper to score into an empty to make it 1-0.

The Ecuadorians equalized in the 10th minute as a shot saved by Daniel Jinadu hit the post and bounced off the Nigerian keeper as it counted as an own goal to make it 1-1.

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Both sides were evenly matched in the game but the first half produced no further goals as they went into the break.

But in the 55th minute, Ecuador were awarded a penalty after Charles Etim fouled a striker in the box and the referee confirmed from the VAR to award the spot-kick.

Johan Mina converted the penalty as the South Americans got their noses in front for the first time in the match to make it 2-1.

With six minutes left on the clock, Said got his second of the match in fabulous fashion as he curled in a shot from yards out into the back of the net to make it 2-2.

Said completed his hat-trick in the 89th minute after a well-worked team play from the Nigerian side from outside of the 18-yard box to score a cracking shot as it became 3-2.

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And that was how it ended as the Golden Eaglets made it through into the round of 16 of the tournament.

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