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U17 World Cup Semifinals Preview: Nigeria vs. Sweden

U17 World Cup Semifinals Preview: Nigeria vs. Sweden


Sweden and Nigeria shall have a heated face-off to determine which of them deserves to bring home the silverware. See Nigeria’s attempt to score more goals and witness how the Swedes try to keep them at bay.




Sweden vs. Nigeria Preview


Match Date: 05 November 2013 (local time) 

Venue: Dubai


Team Form


Sweden’s debut into the U-17 is fast becoming a major attraction in the tournament. The squad, which is literally, a newbie in this competition transformed into one of the toughest contenders in the Final. The club is set to meet Nigeria in the semi-finals face-off to determine the squad that will enter in the competition’s final bout.


Recently, Roland Larsson expressed that his squad has “nothing to lose” when they face Nigeria. Sweden’s head coach stressed that his boys have already surpassed their initial goal of making it through the group stage, thus, whether they win or lose, this will still, bring great honor to their country.


Sweden just came from a come from behind win against Honduras. Erdal Rakip  68th minute goal clinched the equalizer after Honduras’ Brayan Velasquez took the early lead. Six (6) minutes after, Valmir Berisha scored Sweden’s 2nd and final goal in the match, thus, enabling them to advance into the semis.



High scoring Nigeria proved to be strong despite Uruguay’s attempt to limit their progress in the tournament. Taiwo Awoniyi’s goals carried the squad through the semi-finals where they are set to meet the rising star, Sweden.


Nigeria is one of the most consistent squads in the competition. Throughout their journey, the Golden Eaglets caught the attention of many through their fierce attacks, which resulted to a scoring spree. Except for the match against Uruguay, the squad was never contented with 2 goals.


They thrashed Mexico with 6 goals, 5 against Iraq and 4 against Iran. Sweden is the only squad where they encountered a draw. thus, bringing more excitement in their upcoming semi-finals match.


World Cup betting tip: Sweden 1-2 Nigeria

Sweden, despite their lack of experience showed that they can compete with the best teams in the competition. As mentioned, they are the only squad that pulled off a draw against Nigeria. Even Uruguay was denied of the chance to advance. Sweden best portray the role of a worthy opponent that never cease to challenge the Nigerian might.


On the other hand, Nigeria shall not let go of this great opportunity. A 3-time world champion, the Golden Eaglets will definitely, refuse to throw the white towel easily.


Expect a down the wire match between Nigeria and Sweden as their upcoming match will determine the most deserving squad to enter into the finals. Sweden shall take every opportunity to score and block Nigeria’s attack. However, expect experience to do the thing for the Golden Eaglets.





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