Flying Eagles finished third in Group D of the ongoing 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup and may qualify for the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams after playing out 1-1 draw with Ukraine on Thursday.

The four best third-place teams from the six groups will advance to the knockout stages of the competition along with the six group winners and six runners up.

The regulations for the organisation of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup states that:,”The two teams finishing first and second in each group and the four best teams among those ranked third will qualify for the round of 16.”


Nigeria are in contention with South Korea, Portugal, Norway, Ecuador and Panama for four available best losers spot.

Two groups, E and F are yet to be decided and it remains to be seen if the Flying Eagles will advance.

Paul Aigbogun’s men finished third in group D with four points from three games.

Ukraine finished as group winners with seven points while Qatar finished fourth with no point following their 1-0 loss to second place USA.

Danylo Sikan gave the Ukrainian U-20 side the lead after 30 minutes in the cagey encounter at the at the Bielsko-Biala Stadium.

Mohammed Tijani had a chance to restore parity on the stroke of half-time from the spot but his penalty kick was saved by Andriy Lunin.

At the start of the second half, Nigeria levelled scores in the 51st minute from the spot through Tijani.

The lanky forward sent Lunin the wrong way after his goal bound shot was handled in the box by Popov.

Despite immense pressure from the Flying Eagles side to find the winner, they failed to break down a resolute Ukrainian defence.

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