Mexico’s U-17s fall to Nigeria in World Cup semifinal

Mexico's U-17s fall to Nigeria in World Cup semifinal

Mexico’s U-17s fall to Nigeria in World Cup semifinal

Mexico was again eliminated by Nigeria at the U-17 level, dropping Thursday’s semifinal despite going ahead early.

For the second consecutive U-17 World Cup, Nigeria has knocked out Mexico.

The teams met in a semifinal Thursday, and Nigeria topped Mexico, 4-2, to send the North Americans out of the tournament and go through to an all-African final against Mali. In the 2013 edition, Nigeria topped Mexico in the final.

The Baby Tri actually jumped out to an early lead Thursday night, when Kevin Mangana converted a pass from Eduardo “Lalo” Herrera to put Mexico on top in the seventh minute. But two goals from Nigeria before the break had Mexico down 2-1 at halftime.

Mario Arteaga’s men found an equalizer in the 59th minute through Diego Cortes, but Oshinashi Ebere put Nigeria back ahead and a penalty converted by Victory Osimhen in the 83rd minute sealed Mexico’s fate.

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