Nigeria’s Falconets maintain their perfect runs at the ongoing 2022 FIFA Women’s U-20 world cup in Costa Rica.
The Falconets came from a goal down to beat Canada who failed to secure a point in the competition three goals to one [3-1].
The Falconets have been the dominant force in Group C, beating European champions France and Asian queens South Korea with a similar 1-0 scoreline.
Those two impressive wins have guaranteed the Nigerian ladies a spot in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
The Falconets continue their attack with most of the ball possession and shots on goal, and that paid off when the Canadian goalkeeper run out against Alani’s cut-in but failed to stop the ball, Okpe lashed unto the ball but was stopped by the canucks nos 3 defender, Mia Pante, who had a red card issued to her reprieved and replaced with a yellow card.
Esther Onyenezide stepped up for the penalty and made no mistake at all in putting the ball into the net. One goal apiece after 20 minutes.
In the 27th minute a Nigerian decent who played for ‘The Cannucks’, Simisola
Awujo, conceded another penalty, after a nasty challenge on a Nigerian player, Mercy Idoko, and after a VAR review, Onyenezedie stepped up and score from the spot to put Nigeria ahead.
In the 91st minute, Substitute Chioma Olise right footed shot from Imuran on the right side of the six-yard box to the high center of the goal and it was a rap for the Nigerian ladies as they secured the top spot in Group C with three wins from games and of course nine points ahead of France who beat South Korea 1-0 in the other group C match.
Losing finalists as hosts in 2002, Canada have been far from excellent in Costa Rica, with the North Americans the whipping team in Group C.
South Korea handed them a 2-0 thrashing before France forced a 3-1 defeat down their throat.
With the two losses, Canada are out of the competition and only had pride to play for against Nigeria.
In the 7th minute, Nigeria launched an attack forward but it wasn’t enough to result in a goal for the falconet.
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Nigeria have met Canada twice at the FIFA u-20 Women World Cup, with the Falconets triumphing on both occasions.
Both teams locked horns for the first time in the group stage of Russia 2006, with the Falcons edging a thrilling encounter 3-2. Nigeria got to the quarterfinal but could not advance to the semifinal.
Once again, Nigeria won 3-1.