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Nigeria 2 – 1 England: Falconets reach quarter-finals

Nigeria 2 – 1 England: Falconets reach quarter-finals

Nigeria’s women national team, the Falconets on Thursday defeated England 2-1 in their last Group C game of the 2014 FIFA u-20 World Cup in Canada.

England went in front in the 5th minute of the game through striker Nikita Parris who beat an offside trap but Loveth Ayila equalised for Nigeria in the 41st minute when she produced a lovely skill and powerful shot to march that England’s keeper Elizabeth Durack failed to hold firmly allowing the ball to go through her hands.


Asisat Oshoala made it 2-1 for Nigeria in the 58th minute when she converted a penalty after being fouled.

Incidentally England could not score the penalty awarded them earlier though the referee; Qin Liang’s call was questionable.

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Bethany Mead missed the spot kick which seemed to give the Falconets the impetus to seek a sucker punch soon afterwards.

Both teams enjoyed their moments of possession though the Nigerian side had more chances to score more goals but for some wastefulness in front of goal, with half time substitute, Uchechi Sunday the biggest culprit.

Nigeria had 12 attempts on goal while England weighed in 13. However six of the Falconets’ efforts were on target while England had seven. Nigeria had 45% possession after the game and England’s statistics read 55%.

Peter Dedevbo’s lasses will now play New Zealand in their quarter finals game on late Sunday night as Group C winners.

The New Zealanders finished as Group D runner-up. North Korea were Group C runners-up and have a herculean task when they confront Group D winners France who had three wins in three games.

The duo of Courtney Dike and arguably the ‘Woman of the Match’ Sarah Nodim worked tirelessly in the game and will be key in Nigeria’s hopes of reaching the semi finals.

Nigeria were beaten in the final of the 2010 U-20 World Cup by Germany and were semi finalists two years ago.

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  • Joshua 7 years ago

    I think they can get it right this year.

  • owolabi ayodeji 7 years ago

    we are actually going there

  • Abiola Ajiteru 7 years ago

    Congrats to Nigeria and our girls for superlative performance against England female team. To wrap it all, I would like seize this opportunity to pay the attention of coach Peter to No 3 and 2 of NZ they are good but not superb???. Moreover, I will suggest if Nigeria no 20 wants to be a good player should be calm with good sight before placing football. And anytime there is crossing she should know how to pass the ball irrespective of the wing. Our girls need to aware that NZ ball will not be different from English girls. They need to be more clinical in front of goals. On ibijoke and our defenders they need to communicate well. The next phase should be played with caution and confidence. You can do it. I have no doubt. Play your normal game and shot at goals I am sure you will score goals and win the battle. That match will be win from the midfield and quick wing player. Long live Nigeria

  • Isaac Eno 7 years ago

    Good result

  • Ositade 7 years ago

    Go all the way girls

  • Mr k.s.p 7 years ago

    Nice 1

  • Dem go see 7 years ago

    Good job girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ekasi Daniel 7 years ago

    #flygerian. Go Falconets, go for the trophy!

  • bring the cup home sweethearts