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Nigeria U20 team fuelled by a deafening noise at the Stadium Taranaki put their Hungarian opponents 2-0 in the final Group E game played on Sunday morning.

A brace from Taiwo Awoniyi were all the reigning African youth champions needed to silence Bernd Storck?s team who started the game brightly.

With this victory, the Flying Eagles will now face European champions, Germany in the second round of the tourneyt billed for June 11, 2015 at the Christchurch Stadium.

The Hungarians still qualify though as one of the best third-placed teams and will now kick off the knockout phase against Group D winners Serbia in Dunedin. They were well beaten at New Plymouth's Taranaki Stadium though, with Taiwo Awoniyi's brace no more than the African champions deserved for their overall dominance.

Manu Garba's side were the better side throughout, nullifying four-goal Bence Mervo and proving a constant threat at the other end. They would have taken the lead as early as the 16th minute but for an incredible save from Gyorgy Szekely, who stuck out a strong right hand to beat away Taiwo Awoniyi's powerful close range header.

The Hungary keeper was merely delaying the inevitable though and was helpless to prevent the deadlock being broken 17 minutes later. Awoniyi was the scorer, ghosting away from his marker to volley in at the near post from Saviour Godwin's teasing low cross.

The Europeans rarely threatened a comeback but did produce one effort of note a few minutes into the second half. Mario Nemeth was just a couple of inches away from a wonder goal, in fact, having taken aim from 30 yards and rattled the crossbar with Joshua Enaholo beaten.

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