Nigeria defeats Mexico to claim record fourth U-17 World Cup

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Nigeria lifts the trophy after defeating Mexico 3-0 in the United Arab Emirates to win its record fourth FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Nigeria beat Mexico 3-0 in the Under-17 World Cup final on Friday to win the tournament for a record fourth time.

Nigeria went ahead in the ninth minute through Erick Aguirre's own goal before Kelechi Iheanacho doubled the lead in the 56th. Nigeria captain Musa Muhammed scored from a free kick in the 81st minute to complete the victory. Mexico had been seeking back-to-back titles after winning the 2011 competition on its home soil.

Earlier, Sweden clinched third place after beating Argentina 4-1 thanks to a hat trick by Valmir Berisha. Carlos Strandberg also scored for Sweden, while Lucio Campagnucci found the net for Argentina.

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