Nigeria vs Netherlands: Hansen's hat-trick sends Golden Eaglets packing after 3-1 scoreline

Nigeria vs Netherlands: Hansen's hat-trick sends Golden Eaglets packing after 3-1 scoreline

- Nigeria vs Netherlands ended 3-1 as the Golden Eaglets crashed out of the FIFA U17 World Cup

- Sontje Hansen was the hero for the Netherlands as he bagged a hat-trick in the entertaining match

- Olakunle Olusegun scored Nigeria's only goal when he equalized in the 12th minute of the game

Nigeria vs Netherlands ended 3-1 in favour of the Dutch U17 national side as the Europeans progressed into the quarter finals of the competition.

Sontje Hansen was a hand-full for the Golden Eaglets as he scored all three goals to help his side qualify into the next stage.

As usual, the Nigerian side went behind after just four minutes as the Dutch side were involved in a lovely build up before Hansen made a lovely turn in the box to score his team's first goal.

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Olakunle Olusegun responded in the 12th minute with a simple finish to draw the game level at 1-1.

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But Hansen completed his brace in the 15th minute as the Nigerian defence were caught napping to put his side back into lead by 2-1.

Nigeria went all out in search for an equalizer in the second half but could not make their attacking threat against the Netherlands count.

And with ten minutes left on the clock, Ferdinard Ikenna conceded a penalty as Hansen stepped up to convert resulting spot-kick to make it 3-1.

The comeback kings of the tournament were devastated by Dutch side who started the World Cup with two losses and qualified with a win in their last group game.

Nigeria's hope of winning her sixth title came crashing when the referee blew his final whistle as Hansen became his side's hero and the Netherlands advanced into the last eight.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Nigeria is the most successful football national team at U17 level, winning five editions of FIFA staged competitions and first country to win the tournament, since its inception in 1985.

These youngsters have gone on to represent the senior national team and became regulars at some point in their careers.

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