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U-20 WWCup: Falconets Draw 1-1 With China, Reach Q-Finals

U-20 WWCup: Falconets Draw 1-1 With China, Reach Q-Finals

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria’s Falconets have qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Paul Danjuma’s side played out a 1-1 draw with China in their final group game played at the Dinan-Lehon Sltadium.

It was the seventh time the Falconets have reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.

An individual effort from Zhang Linyan gave China the lead in the 41st minute after she skipped past two Falconets defenders before sending the goalkeeper,Chiamaka Nnadozie the wrong way.

Rasheedat Ajibade tapped in a cross in additional time to send the Falconets through to the final eight of the tournament.

Falconets’ Peace Efih was denied a goal from close range after her shot was saved by Xu Huan in the opening stages of the game.

China also had two good chances in the first half with Shen Mengyu denied by the crossbar with a shot and Wang Linlin headed wide a cross from Zhao Yujie.

In the second half, the Chinese team were more solid in defending denying the Nigerian side a chance at goal.

The Chinese team also came close to adding a second in the 85th minute when Yujie’s shot was parried.

Opeyemi Sunday also cleared out a goal bound header in additional time of the game.

In the other group game, Germany defeated Haiti 3-2 to seal top spot in group D.


Germany won the group with nine points while Nigeria finished second with four points from three games and a superior goals difference over China who came third. Fourth placed Haiti recorded no points after three games.

The Falconets will face the winner in Group C, Spain on the 16th of August.

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  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Congratulations ladies. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Kudos to you girls,you’ve done what the men failed to do against Argentina. Best of luck against Spain

  • oakfield 3 years ago

    Nice one beautiful gals, try and gloriously scale d next hurdle, break d quarter final jinx this time. Where is sura the tailor? Lol..

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    Congratulations to the SuperFalconets. Terrific display of gritt and determination. That goal line clearance was absolutely vital. I wish them all the best against Spain.

  • Steve 3 years ago

    Oakfield , there is no jinx here ?
    ..the falconet have reached the finals of under 20 twice, beaten by Germany on both occasion!!…what they need now to break is to win the cup , but I don’t this set can do it because their attack is blunt!!

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

      I think Oakfield is referring to the Flamingos. The female U17. This is the U20 and the Falconets have reached the final twice losing to Germany on both occasions. You may be right Steve. This set is very solid defensively, but their attack leaves a lot to be desired with the exception of Ajibade

      • Oakfield 3 years ago

        Thanks guys for bringing me up to speed, all the best to them….

  • Nigeria is the worst team in that group. The coach is clueless (he could have been a good interpreter though). Your Ajibade is shit. The only girl that have won my heart from the very first match is the goalkeeper, if not for her. I believe French clubs have already taken note

    • Ikeben 3 years ago

      So the worst team in the group actually got to the quarter final. Then Fifa needs to learn from you how to adjust the game of football so that the best team can progress. God will help us in this country.

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      @ Ikeben. Excellent reply…..Excellent reply. I am clapping my hands for you at the moment. That the worst team in the group qualifying for the next round is the most senseless comment anyone can make at ds point in time. Fifa really needs to do something fast…LMAO

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    Those who were criticising the girls should apologize. Another apology should go to the coaches who were shouting at the top of their voices sometimes in Yoruba and these same guys criticize him. Someone on this forum said the shouting was because these girls are young and so most times needs to be told what to do when they are with or without the ball. It has paid off because up to the point, the coaches, even our female staffs were shouting. Please shout more in the q-final even in WaZoBia languages.

  • not that Nigerian play more than chains but God decided crown us victory and we are victor.pls they should learn how to givepass and attack

  • da kul boy 3 years ago

    This female team are not doing well like the past ones but one i have notice in football those teams that narrowly escape the group stage end up winning the cup and i hope it happen for them also.. Up super falcons

  • OBILOR OSONDU 3 years ago


  • ako amadi 3 years ago

    Football is not mathematics, and never an exact science. That’s why we follow sports because the unexpected is always likely the happen.

  • we should learn how to encouraged our women’s term rather than crises them.And again,they should attack and let the coach bring the skillful midfielder in other to give accurate passes.

  • People can never be satisfy in life. supposing they lost and fail to qualify they will complain now they won they re still bashing them. They forgot that this was what our super eagles failed to do against Argentina despite playing well, we all said they were not lucky but this time around it came our way we should thank God and hope for the best in the subsequent matches after all this is not the first time a team who has not been playing well will go all the way and win a competition.

  • Chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    Ashy Slashy, Where are you? I told you there’s something mysterious aabout both jerseys

  • Na wah for you o . If you believe in Jersey-jinx, then I guess each to their own .
    But Chairmanfemi, whatever next?

  • Chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    lolz..Well, it was just my observation.