Nigeria’s Falconets are up for a decisive Group D match against China at the ongoing U20 Women’s World Cup in France on Monday.
The match at Stade du Clos Gastel in Dinan-Lenon will decide which nation join the Germans in the quarter-finals — and that leaves China and Nigeria in the running for that one spot.
The Nigerians opened their campaign at the World Cup with a 0-1 defeat to Germany before rallying back to edge past Haiti with a slim 1-0 success.
On the other hand, the Chinese began on a winning note. They defeated Haiti 2-1 but suffered a 0-2 humbling in the hands of the Germans.
The Africans and their Chinese opponents are tied on points but the former have a slightly better goal difference as they prepare to go head to head for only the third time at the U20 level.
Past meetings at U20 level
Both countries have only met twice at the U20 Women’s World Cup and the Chinese have successfully overcame their African opposition.
In 2004, the Chinese triumphed 1-0 at the 700th Anniversary Stadium, Chiang Mai in Thailand through a late goal from Ying Zhang.
Two years later, it was an outing to forget against the Asians. This time the Chinese ran out comfortable winners by three-nil though the Falconets finished in second place in a group that also had Canada and Finland who got eliminated on that occasion.
Nigeria will now look to improve on their outing against the Chinese at this level and also bid to qualify for the knockout stage after the disappointment of failing to progress beyond the group stage two years ago in Papua New Guinea when they finished third behind Japan and Spain in a group that also had Canada.
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