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Minute By Minute: Nigeria Vs England

Minute By Minute: Nigeria Vs England

1- England kick off. The Falconets makes one change from that which defeated Costa Rica
1- Nigeria win first throw-in. England gets theirs soon enough and makes an early incursion in Nigerian defence; but its foiled
3-Courtney Dike wins a Nigerian free kick. Pandemonium in the Nigerian goal area afterwards but Chichi saves the day.
4- The Nigerian Football and other Sports Supporters Club begin singing
5- Goal for England by Nikita Paris, beating off an offside trap. Her first World Cup goal
7- Stella Nnodim(Nigeria) and Bethany Mead(England) receive treatment
10- Nnodim directs her shot to nowhere when going further forward would have been a better option; wasted effort
15- Courtney Dike lashes into a stray English back pass but Elizabeth Durrak in the English goal saves
16- Corner for Nigeria but Njoku skies a shot wide
19- The Falconets keep some possession but eventually concedes the ball
21- England maintain some sustained pressure but a tantalising cross which looked very dangerous eludes Chichi and all the English forwards. Danger averted!
23- Nigeria have 0 shots on target while England have 5. Dike’s industry doesn’t pay off
26- Game temporarily halted as Sarah Nnodim and England’s Parid receive treatment. Loveth Ayila wins a corner
28- Asisat Ayinde’s free kick deflected for a corner.
32- Njoku gets medical attention after Ayila accidentally lunges her foot on her right knee
33- Oshoala brought down but the referee won’t give a Nigerian penalty kick.
34- Nnodim suffers yet another kick from an opponent
37- A decent save from Chichi.
38- Ayila miscues the ball with a golden chance presented the Nigerian girls
41- Loveth Ayila scores a lovely equaliser for the Falconets after a brilliant skill, delivering a stunning shot. 1-1
42- Ball possession now: Nigeria 40%, England 60%
44- Concern for the English medics as Bethany Mead is down with a head injury. 3 minutes is added after 45 minutes
45(+2)Ayila crosses the ball belatedly after a good run at her marker but Chinwendu Ihezuo’s spectacular scissors kick results to a foul.
45(+3). End of first half
HT Nigeria 1 – 1 England

46- SUNDAY comes off the bench to replace DIKE
46- Sunday’s effort is a short missing target by inches
47- Ihezuo could not react fast to pounce on a chance in the 18-yard box
49- Mead is flagged offside.
50- Nigeria gets throw-ins in quick succession
51- England right back Martha Harris flashes her shot wide.
52- The ref unjustly awards a penalty to England but Mead blasts the kick up and wide
54- Abbey-Leigh Stringger handles the ball. Free kick
55- Oshoala’s half volley results to corner
57- Sunday’s speculative cross fails to locate a team-mate.
58- Goal! Nigeria 2-1 England. Asisat Oshoala scores the penalty. Gabrrielle George yellow-carded for her trouble.
61- Victoria Aidelomon out for Adeboyejo
62-Lawley (in) comes off to replace Mead for England
63- Sunday’s header off a free kick not well directed. Her header soon crashes against the woodwork; desperately close to a 3-1
66- Williams in for Sigsworth (England sub)
67- Nigeria close to scoring, defended stoutly by England
68- Chichi saves but skipper Okoye loses the ball from the keeper’s clearance, though she wins a free kick
71- Uchechi Sunday boots the ball out of play from an Okoye corner
72- Chinwendu Ihezuo is flagged offside
75- A looping ball from a Nigerian player somehow could not drop into the England net
77- Ayila fires a long range shot.
81- Sarah Nnodim hit by a fierce shot; she goes to the ground. Receives medical help
85- Paris chests brilliantly in the Nigerian box but the ball is cleared by Nnodim for the Falconets
87- Oshoala hits a shot but misses target. Sherry Mccur off for Zelem. Ayila down after she was fouled. Nigerian free kick
90- 4 minutes added
92- Sunday Uchechi misses a chance to score. Ihezuo out for Uchenna Kanu
94- Ayila on a mazy run but the ref ends the game. It finishes Nigeria 2-1 England. FT.


45%(Nigeria), 55%(England) is the ball possession after regulation time.

What is your view about the performance of the Falconets against England?

Do you think this Nigerian side can reach the semi finals after their quarter finals game against New Zealand on Sunday?

What message do you have for the team?

Zenith Ziva

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  • It is obvious that some of this girls have talent, but why is it so difficult for the coach to organize them properly in positions? why are they all over the place?

  • kaycee 7 years ago

    well for them to have beaten the english girls,it’s a good one and a sign of hope to our nation.but they need to lmprove more on there positioning and ball utilisation in d final third.well done my dear sister.keep it up ……

  • Congratulations to the Nigerian U-20 players,coach and entire team and officials.These achievements go far to raise the image of the country.With that type of match statistics which favoured England,it is very obvious that it was determination,agility,hardwork and even patriotism that made for the efforts of the girls to secure victory.The government and people of Nigeria should do everything to appreciate and encourage them.

  • sam shamaki 7 years ago

    well done