Battling Flying Eagles came from behind tonight to draw 3-3 with their Colombian counterparts in a thrilling U20 World Cup warm-up game in Argentina.
Colombia were leading the Junior Eagles 3-1 before they fought back to end this contest 3-3 at the October 20 Stadium in Tristan Suarez.
The South Americans, who are in the same World Cup group with African champions Senegal, opened scoring through an own goal by Flying Eagles defender Abel Ogwuche after 20 minutes.
Colombia increased their lead nine minutes later via a penalty scored by Oscar Cortes.
However, the dynamic winger Jude Sunday pulled a goal back for the Flying Eagles on 40 minutes with a superb effort after a defensive mistake.
Colombia, captained by Jhon Velez, then regained their two-goal advantage courtesy of Watford winger Yaser Asprilla in the 50th minute to make it 3-1.
Two late goals by Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Beji’ (65th minute) and striker Emmanuel Umeh (78th minute) will then earn the Flying Eagles an encouraging 3-3 draw going into Sunday’s opening Group D match against the Dominican Republic.
Officials informed SCORENigeria the Flying Eagles will now depart for Mendoza tomorrow.
Their opening group game will kick off by 11am Sunday.
Brazil and Italy are the other teams in Group D.