Salim Fago Lawal’s diving header and Jude Sunday’s last-gasp finish earned Nigeria victory over Italy in an end-to-end encounter at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The result left the Flying Eagles and the Azzurri on six and three points respectively after two games apiece in Group D.
Both sides had chances in the first half, with Tommaso Baldanzi testing the hands of Kingsley Aniagboso.
The opening goal arrived just after the hour. Half-time substitute Umeh Emmanuel and Gabriele Guarino collided inside the Italian box, but the latter sprang straight up and dinked the ball back across goal. Salim Fago Lawal flung himself into the air and headed into a semi-guarded net.
Thereafter, Nigeria’s admirable defending reduced Italy to shots from outside the box. Daniele Montevago had the best of them, but curled his effort wide. Then, in stoppage time, the Nigerians made absolutely sure of the victory.
Goalkeeper Aniagboso got the assist, his punt upfield finding the rampaging Sunday, who struck it across goal and into the bottom corner.