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Result: Nigeria hit Tahiti for six

Nigeria go top of Confederations Cup Group B with a comfortable 6-1 win over Tahiti in Belo Horizonte.

Nigeria have gone top of Confederations Cup Group B by recording a comfortable 6-1 win over Tahiti in Belo Horizonte.

Nigeria's Uwa Echiejile is congratulated by team mates after scoring the opener against Tahiti in the Confederations Cup on June 17, 2013© AP Photos

Tahiti, who are placed 138th in the FIFA world rankings and qualified for the tournament by winning the OFC Nations Cup in 2012, fell behind in unfortunate circumstances on five minutes.

Elderson Echiejile's powerful long-range effort found the back of the net via a huge deflection off Nicolas Vallar.

AC Milan forward Nnamdi Oduamadi then netted a quickfire brace to put the Africa Cup of Nations champions 3-0 ahead by half time.

Tahiti caused a major shock nine minutes into the second period when Jonathan Tehau rose above Efe Ambrose to head Marama Vahirua's deep corner kick beyond goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and into the net.

Tahiti's Jonathan Tehau is mobbed by team mates after scoring against Nigeria in the Confederations Cup on June 17, 2013© AP Photos

Tehau was soon brought back down to earth as he was credited with an own goal on 69 minutes.

Oduamadi completed his hat-trick five minutes later, when he tapped home from inside the six-yard box following a low cross from Ideye Brown.

Elderson completed the scoring 10 minutes from time with another deflected strike.

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