Nigeria’s bid to pursue a fifth title came to an end as the Golden Eaglets were finally edged out by a tactical Dutch side.
The outcome of that result was not a true reflection of how both teams performed in their group stages. Nigeria were outstanding in their group stage until they lost to Australia in their final group stage.
Netherlands who managed to escape from the group as best loser got their feet strong in their final group match against USA.
Nigeria who had record of comebacks in their first two matches failed to demonstrate that against Australia, and that spirit followed them up against Netherlands in their knockout match.
It was in a match like that of Netherlands that the Eaglets needed a comeback, but the Dutch side were more superior and the comeback spirit which the Eaglets relied on in their first two matches failed.
Sontje Hansen who redeemed his side in the clash scored a hat-trick to ensure the European beat the five-time champions.
With the elimination of Nigeria, Africa have lost two teams after Angola were earlier sent packing by South Korea.