Falconets vs Germany
Nigeria’s U20 girls, Falconets lost 1-0 to Germany in the opening game of Group D of the FIFA U20 World Cup on Monday.
The
Falconets battled hard but were once more unable to break the German
jinx as Stefanie Sanders was gifted acres of space in the six –yard
area to slam into the net from a corner kick even after inspired
goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie had made two consecutive saves.
The
Falconets, runners-up in 2010 and 2014 and semi finalists in 2012,
had their own opportunities to get on the score sheet but Anam Imo
and Peace Efih were somewhat unlucky.
Germany
pushed hard and relentlessly in the opening half, but could find no
breakthrough as a brilliant Nnadozie, with defenders Glory Ogbonna,
Oluwakemi Famuditi and Sunday Opeyemi, kept things tight at the rear.
Nigeria
should have leveled three minutes after the Germans shot ahead, but
Peace Efih’s swerving shot rocked the upright with the goalkeeper
stranded.
The
girls fought very hard and deserved at least a point from this match,
but that is gone now and we have to look forward to Thursday. I
believe the coaches have the ability to turn things around and ensure
victory in the two remaining group phase matches,” Yusuf Ahmed
Fresh, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, told
thenff.com on phone from Saint Malo after the match.
Next
up for the Falconets is an encounter with their Haitian counterparts,
at the same venue on Thursday, before another potentially –explosive
encounter with China in Dinan/Léhon on Monday next week.
All
results so far
Sunday
5 August
Group
B
Mexico
3-2 Brazil
Korea
DPR 1-3 England
Group
A
New
Zealand 1-2 Netherlands
France
4-1 Ghana
Monday
6 August
Group
C
Paraguay
1-4 Spain
USA 0-1 Japan
Group
D
Nigeria
0-1 Germany
Haiti
1-2 China PR

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