Nigeria’s Falconets failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France after a 1-2 defeat to Spain at the Guy-Piriou Stadium in Concarneau on Thursday.
The Falconets were second best in the early moments of the contest and that proved to be their undoing against the Europeans.
After 13 minutes, the Falconets conceded from a left-footed strike by the Spanish captain Aitana Bonmati.
Moments later Bonmati’s free kick struck the crossbar and TV replay showed that the ball crossed the line but the lack of goalline technology saved Nigeria and goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie from going two goals behind.
Nnadozie had to keep out Eva Navarro’s effort as the Nigerian defence was all over the place.
— #U20WWC 🇫🇷⛵ (@FIFAWWC) August 16, 2018
However the Rivers Angels custodian could do nothing to stop Patri Guijarro from doubling Spain’s lead in added time of the first half from inside the box.
At the break and two-nil, the Falconets needed to produce an outstanding performance to claw their way back into the tournament. And that they did.
An improved second half from the Nigerians led to Peace Efih benefiting from Catalina Coll’s spilled save off a Rasheedat Ajibade shot that allowed the midfielder turn the ball into an unguarded net.
Nigeria failed to breach the Spanish backline for that important levelling goal to force the game into extra-time.
Spain will now play in the semi-finals of the Women’s U20 World Cup for the first time.
© The Predictor NG