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SUWON INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT: DENMARK HUMILATE NIGERIA 6-2

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Nigeria U-23s currently campaigning at the Suwon Invitational tournament were taking to the cleaners by a ruthless Danish side losing 2-6 to make it two losses from their first two games at the tournament after losing 0-1 to host South Korea in the first game.

The Samson Siasia lead boys got off to a worst possible start conceding a penalty in the 7th minutes when Erhun Obanor handled the ball in the area but goalkepper Emmanuel Daniel saved the day for Nigeria by stopping Nicolai Brock-Madsen effort.

Taiwo Awoniyi almost gave Nigeria the lead in the 13th and 18th minute respectively but on both occassion the Danish backline stood firm to thwart the Liverpool man.

The Danes seized the initiative and deservedly went ahead in the 26th minute when Obanor turned in a pull out into the Nigerian net in an attempt to clear the danger.

Emil Larsen scored twice in four minutes to give the Danes a 3-0 lead going into the half time break despite Siasia making two substitutions in an attempt to curtail the rampant Danes.

Larsen got his hattrick in the 54th minute to take the scores to 4-0 just three minutes after Awoniyi missed another sitter for Nigeria.

Two minutes after the hour mark Patrick Da Silva piled further misery on the Nigerians scoring to bring scores to 5-0 in favour of the Danes leaving the Nigerians rattled.

The woes of the Nigerians was finally compounded with 15 minutes left to play when Emiliano Marcondes slotted home the sixth goal for Denmark.

Abdulrahman Taiwo scored twice in the last five minutes of the game reducing the deficit to 6-2 in what was a woeful display by the Nigerian team who are set to campaign at the Olympic games in Rio.

*Daniel Martins