U-20W’Cup: Flying Eagles mathematically stoppable, Brazil coach boasts

...three teams would finish on six points and goal difference would be used as the tiebreaker.


Brazil head coach, Ramon Menezes has boasted that his side can frustrate Nigeria’s Flying Eagles at the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup when the two sides meet on Saturday.

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria arrived Buenos Aires, the capital City of Argentina Thursday afternoon ahead of their third game in Group D against the Seleção sub 20.

After beating Italy 2-0 on Wednesday inside the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Ladan Bosso’s men are to face Ramon Menezes’ men, but the Brazil Coach thinks his side can still spring surprise mathematically.

The game’s kickoff is Saturday 7:00pm GMT.


Menezes admitted that Group D of the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup is very balanced heading into the final round, with a strong possibility that three teams could finish with the same number of points.


After a shock 3-2 loss to the Italians in their opening group game, the five-time world champions sent a message to the Flying Eagles that they are back in business by demolishing Dominican Republic 6-0 to boost their chances of qualifying to the knockout stage.

Six different players netted for the South American powerhouse, namely Savio, Marcos Leonardo, Jean Pedroso , Giovane , Marlon Gomes and Matheus Martins .

A disciplined and well-organized Nigeria side maintained their one hundred percent start to the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Italy.

If Brazil beat Nigeria on Saturday and Italy register a win against Dominican Republic, three teams would finish on six points and goal difference would be used as the tiebreaker.

“The World Cup is very difficult and our group is very balanced. Nigeria already has six points. It was worth a lot for the difference,” Menezes was quoted as saying by Globo.

“Now it’s time to recover these players, show the difficulties of this decisive game, and football doesn’t even have time to celebrate.

“We already have a trip, we have to train to play a great game on Saturday.

Group D table-toppers Nigeria have a goal difference of +3, Brazil +5, Italy -1 and Dominican Republic -7.