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Super Eagles Thump Tahiti

Nigeria strolled to a comfortable 6-1 win over Tahiti in their opening game of the Confederations Cup.

The part-timers were never really expected to test the African champions, and although they had their moments - including a famous goal, it was far from enough.

Nnamdi Oduamadi celebrated a hat-trick to become the early leader for the Golden Boot while Uwa Echiejile struck twice. Jonathan Tehau struck at both ends as the game ended 6-1.

Tahiti boasted just one professional full-time player in their squad, which gave the locals more than enough reason to cheer their every touch as they looked for a fairy tale.

It was not in the cards though as the Super Eagles found themselves 3-0 up within 26 minutes.

The Nigerians enjoyed a fortunate opening goal when Echiejile's strike took two deflections to beat the helpless Xavier Samin.

A second for the Africans came five minutes later though as Oduamadi was fed by Ahmed Musa and he cut inside before slotting a cool finish past the goalkeeper.

Tahiti would gift Nigeria another goal in the 26th minute when a low cross into the area was spilled into the path of Oduamadi who tapped it into the empty net.

Nigeria wasted a number of chances as they went into the break with the score a 3-0 and Tahiti would enjoy a moment to remember when Tehau got up brilliantly at the far post to nod home from a corner in the 54th minute.

The Super Eagles were still firmly in control though as they applied pressure in the area which led to Tahau putting the ball into his own net soon after.

Oduamadi was then set up brilliantly by Aide Ideye to complete his hat-trick while Echiejile scuffed a shot into the bottom corner to wrap up the result with 10 minutes to go.

Nigeria created a few more one-on-one situations but tried to walk the ball in while Tehau went within inches of grabbing a second in the dying minutes.

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