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The hosts and defending champions picked up their first win of the tournament...

The Golden Eaglets deservedly beat Honduras 1-0 in a Group A match on Tuesday at the Abuja National Stadium to boost their chances of progressing to the knockout stage of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Nigeria are now second in Group A on four points from two matches, while Argentina lead the standings with six points.

However, Nigeria needed a super goal by Abdul Ajagun to separate them from a resolute Honduran side, who kept out all the Nigerian pressure until the 55th minute. Stanley Okoro's pass found Ajagun at the top of the box, but rather than go for power, the Dolphins midfielder chose to pick his spot and beat Honduras goalkeeper Harold Fonseca.

But before taking the lead Nigeria had to survive a scare when Honduras danger man Anthony Lozano struck a superb shot from the edge of the box, forcing goalkeeper Dami Paul to save.

Paul also denied Sammyr Martinez in the 64th minute when he scrambled away a long distance shot.

Late on in the match, Okoro and substitute Lanre Kayode failed to take their chances to extend the Nigerian advantage and thus leaving the game in the balance until the final whistle.

Straight from kick-off, the hosts went into attack in a game they were expected to win.

Probably the best chance of the first half fell to Edafe Egbedi in the 16th minute, but his shot from inside the box was spectacularly tipped over the bar for a corner by Honduras goalkeeper Fonseca.

Chances fell to Okoro, Terry Envoh, Omoh Ojabu and Kenneth Omeruo, but the Nigerians failed to translate their total control of this clash into goals.

Wave after wave of Nigerian attacks meant Honduras were restricted to only a handful of counters. The Central Americans must have been delighted to go into the dressing room without a goal against them.

In Group B based in Lagos, Mexico beat Brazil 1-0.

Samm Audu, Goal.com

 

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