Brazil’s U-20 team maintained their historic record of not losing to Nigeria when they defeated the Flying Eagles 4-2 in a thrilling clash on Monday at the Taranaki Stadium in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
A brace from Judivan Flor da Silva and strikes from Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Boschila cancelled out first half goals from Isaac Success and Musa Yahaya for the Flying Eagles.
The Flying Eagles started with an attacking force of Success, Kelechi Iheanacho, Yahaya and Taiwo Awoniyi but it was the Brazilians who drew first blood in the fourth minute through Jesus.
Success equalised for Nigeria six minutes later when he rounded the Brazil keeper Jean and scored after a delightful through ball from Yahaya.
The absolutely entertaining first half ended 2-2 after further goals from Yahaya and Judivan.
But Brazil were much the better team in the second half, creating chances at will and profiting twice from goalkeeping blunders off Joshua Enaholo.
Awoniyi thrice wasted clear cut chances as the reigning African champions failed to nail the Junior Selecaos when they had the chance in the first half.
The Flying Eagles face North Korea in their next game on Thursday.