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ITA U20 VS NIG U20: Reasons Why Nigeria Will Lose To Italy & Fail To Secure World Cup QF Ticket

On Thursday, the Nigeria U20 team will face a formidable Italy U20 team in Group D matchday two of the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina. Both teams will go into this game knowing that a victory will guarantee them a spot in the Round of 16.

Well, Let's take a look at these two compelling reasons why Nigeria is likely to lose this game and fail to advance to the round of 16.

1. The Italy Team Are In A Better Form Than The Flying Eagles

Nigeria defeated the Dominican Republic 2-1 in their first game of the competition. After a shaky start that saw them fall behind early in the game, the Flying Eagles showed their tenacity by equalising through an own goal and eventually securing the victory with Samson Lawal's clinical finish.

Italy, on the other hand, made a statement by defeating five-time champion and the tournament favourite Brazil 3-2 in their Group D opener. Their outstanding performance demonstrated their attacking prowess as well as their determination to win the competition. Based on how the two teams performed in their first meeting, you will agree that Italy are the favourite to win this game.

2. Head-2-Head Records favours Italy

Surprisingly, these two teams have only met once before in the history of the U20 World Cup, with Italy winning 2-0 against Nigeria in Chile in 1987. Italy is clearly the favourite to win this game based on their recent records.

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