The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on Tuesday, November, 5 suffered a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands to crash out of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup.
The Netherlands saw off Nigeria with a hat trick from Sontje Hansen. His first came as early as the fourth minute when he got on a defence-splitting pass from Jayden Braaf to beat Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu.
The Golden Eaglets reacted well to the goal they conceded and pressed the Netherlands for an equaliser.
In the 12th minute, the Golden Eaglets got their equaliser through Olakunle Olusegun who turned Dutch defender Devyne Rensch at the edge of the penalty area before firing a low shot in the other corner.
Nigeria continued to threaten with every attack although the Dutch were finding openings on the counter.
In the 15th minute, the Netherlands took the lead again through Hansen who finished from 12 yards after Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi's half-clearance got to him in the box.
The Golden Eaglets tried to respond again but this time they found it hard to connect in the final third.
Dutch goalkeeper Calvin Raatsie was also impressive, acting as a sweeper with his quick feet to intercept passes that had gone through his line of defence.
It was like that also at the restart as the Dutch defended more and attacked on the counter.
In the 80th minute, Hansen completed his hat trick from the spot after the VAR confirmed a handball in the box.
His penalty made him the second player to score a hat-trick at Brazil 2019, joining Golden Eaglets’ Ibrahim Said.
Hansen now also leads the race for the Golden Boot with five goals in the competition.