Nigeria U20 lose to Saudi Arabia in World Cup preparation

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The Flying Eagles bowed to the Green Falcons in Sunday's friendly ahead of their U20 World Cup outing in Poland
Nigeria U20 fell to a disappointing 2-1 loss at the hands of Saudi Arabia on Sunday, as they intensify preparations for the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup.

The Flying Eagles were hoping to step up their performances after a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations. A weakened line-up in Austria was beaten by goals from Khalid Al-Ghannam and Hamed Al-Ghamdi.

After a goalless first half, Alghannam put the Green Falcons ahead in the 56th minute after beating goalkeeper Detan Ogundare.

Henry Offia levelled matters for Paul Aigbogun’s boys nine minutes later. Despite all the pressure from the Flying Eagles, it was Saudi Arabia who extended their lead in the 78th minute.

Hamid al-Ghamdi found space outside the Nigerians’ goal area before unleashing a missile past Ogundare.

Nigeria have been pooled in Group D with Qatar, Ukraine and the United States of America. They begin their campaign against Qatar on May 24.

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