Anguish in Brazil as Netherlands end Nigeria’s hope of sixth U-17 world cup trophy
Sontje Hansen’s hat-trick led Manu Garba’s boys out of Brazil as the Oranje advanced into the quarter-finals.
Hansen opened scoring for the Netherlands in the fourth minute after he was played through on goal by Jayden Braaf.
The lead lasted only eight minutes before Olusegun equalised for the Golden Eaglets following a superb pass from Akinkunmi Amoo.
The Netherlands however regained the lead in the 15th minute with another fine effort by Jansen.
Nigeria struggled to break down the European champions’ defence and were also thwarted by the Dutch goalkeeper the few times they were able to get a sight of goal.
Manu Garba’s boys conceded a penalty 12 minutes from time when Ferdinand Ikenna was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.
Hansen stepped up to take the penalty for his hat-trick despite Daniel Jinadu diving into the right direction.