FIFA U-20 World Cup: Nigeria vs Italy Match Preview


At the Estadio Malvinas Argentina in Mendoza, Argentina, Italy, and Nigeria will square off in an attempt to claim one of the top two positions in Group D, which will guarantee their advancement at the U20 World Cup.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles defeated the Dominican Republic 2-1 in a contest that was entirely controlled by the African squad due to their superior physical endurance.

Italy defeated Brazil 3-2, although after jumping out to an early 3-0 lead without exerting much effort, they were under siege from their opponents late in the second half.

On May 24, 2023, Italy and Nigeria will square off; the winner advances to the knockout phase of the Argentina 2023 FIFA World Cup.


The 2017 U20 World Cup in South Korea saw Italy put in its best effort, defeating Uruguay on penalties to finish third.

The team of Carmine Nunziata are in Argentina with a strong record, having dropped just one of their previous ten games.

Flying Eagles of Nigeria

Nigeria has finished second in the U20 World Cup twice, most recently in 2005, however, in each of their past three tournament appearances, they have been ousted in the round of 16.

The Flying Eagles qualified for this year’s World Cup by placing third in the U20 Africa Cup of Nations in March, where Argentina was the destination for the four semifinalists.

Flying Eagles vs Italy Preview

When they square off against one another in their upcoming match of the competition, the Flying Eagles and Italy will be seeking to go on to the next round of the current U20 FIFA World Cup.

The Nigerian team, the Flying Eagles, will enter the high-profile match off a tenacious 2-1 victory over the Dominican Republic in their opening match played last Sunday at Estadio Malvinas.

Italy, on the other hand, will enter the U20 World Cup matchup following their thrilling 3-2 victory against Brazil.

Flying Eagles of Nigeria vs Italy Date and Kickoff Time

The match between Nigeria and Italy in the FIFA U20 World Cup group stage is set for Wednesday, May 24, with a 7 PM kickoff.

The game will kick off at 7 PM Nigerian time and will be available on Startimes and DSTV.

Credit: Pulsesports

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