The Nigerian team, the Falconets are in the tunnel, singing gospel songs to inspire them. Teams are stepping unto the pitch now
The Nigerian anthem is being sang to be followed by that of New Zealand
1- Goal!!! Oshoala scores from Njoku’s cross
2- Ward throws for England, Ayila unable to reach the ball
3- England launch an attack but Chichi saves. Meanwhile Oshoala could not connect properly with her header
4- Throw-in for Nigeria. Njoku’s promising cross eludes everyone
6- Chinwendu Ihezuo unable to get to the ball as she bears down on goal, Dike wins a corner but Ayila’s effort fails to be utilised
7- Concern for Nigeria but England forward flagged offside
9- The Falconets have had more possession but the ref gives free kick to England as Moore and Oshoala accidentally collides. Moore gets attention from the medics
13- Goal!!! Asisat Oshoala scores Nigeria’s second beating an offside trap to latch in and scores with a low shot
14- A player from Nigeria sees her effort hit the target.
15- New Zealand concede a free-kick following a challenge on a player from Nigeria.
16- A player from Nigeria is adjudged to be in an offside position.
18- A player from Nigeria sees her effort hit the target.
20- Nigeria swing in the corner.
24- New Zealand concede a free-kick following a challenge on a player from Nigeria.
26- A player from New Zealand sees her effort hit the target.
27- Nigeria are penalised after committing a foul.
28- Nigeria try a shot on goal, but it is off-target.
29- A player from Nigeria sees her effort hit the target.
31- Throw-in for Nigeria. Okoye and the defence however lose possession cheaply
33- Dike and Ihezuo’s combination fail to yield dividends
34- Bowin’s cut back for New Zealand too poor to worry the Falconets defence
40- A player from New Zealand commits a foul.
41- A player from New Zealand illegally handles the ball.
45- The referee brings the first half to an end.
HT Nigeria 2 – 0 New Zealand
45- New Zealand kick off the 2nd half
46- Dike’s mazy run thwarted by New Zealand defence
48- Igbinovia’s long range shot is off target. Nigeria concede possession to New Zealand
49-Ayila and Oshoala combine beautifully, get a throw-in.
50- New Zealand concede a corner. Ayila takes it but a foul is committed by Nigeria
52- Ward out, Tayla O’ Brien in (New Zealand substitute)
55- Skipper Okoye is fouled by Myllynn, Nigeria with more possession
56- Oshoala loses the ball to New Zealand foes but the Nigerian girls win back the ball.
57- Courtney Dike out, Uchenna Kanu (Nigeria substitution)
60- Bott with New Zealand throw-in. Swift counter-attack by Nigeria but Ayinde’s shotr blocked
63- Loveth Ayila carves open New Zealand defence but runs into a defence not ready to concede a third goal
65- An ambitious shot by Pereira is gathered by Chichi after good Okoye defending. Meanwhile Oshoala’s shot is wide
67- Uchenna Kanu’s left foot-footed shot hits the underside of the goal post
69- No goal! Asisat Oshoala’s goal ruled offside. No hattrick for her. Meanwhile Njoku is down injured
71- Game temporarily halted due to Njoku’s treatment. But resumes, with New Zealand dictating the tempo for now.
73- Loveth Ayila out, Yetunde Adeboyejo in (Nigeria substitution)
75- Ihezuo latches into Okoye’s through pass but flagged offside
78- Catherine Bott out, Megat Robertson in (New Zealand substitution)
77- Njoku’s pinpoint cross could not be converted by Ihezuo
79- Oshoala writhing in pain now afrter a foul but she’s up now. 54%, 46% possession, advantage Nigeria
82- Kanu wins corner for Nigeria
Chinwedu Ihezuo out, Uchechi Sunday in (Nigeria substitution)
Goal!!! Sunday smatches a left-footerd shot with her first touch of the ball. Nigeria 3-New Zealand 0.
88- Nnodim gets back on the field after medical attention
89- New Zealand’s Emma Rolston heads home New Zealand’s consolation goal from a right sided cross
90- Sunday scores her second and Nigeria’s fourth goal of the game. 4-1 against New Zealand
90(+2) – New Zealand get a corner but ref ends the game. FT
Nigeria through to the semi-finals.
With Nigeria’s Falconets safely through to the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada after defeating New Zealand 4-1 in the quarter-finals on Sunday, what are your expectations in their game against Korea DPR on Wednesday?
Who was your ‘Woman of the Match’ in the game against New Zealand?