Falconets crash out of FIFA U20 WWC

Falconets crash out of FIFA U20 WWC

The Falconets of Nigeria have been eliminated from the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

The development comes after the side lost to The Netherlands 2-0 in Sunday’s quarter-finals.

Specifically, the Netherlands defeated Nigeria’s Falconets 2-0 thanks to two goals in the first half. Nothing seemed to work for the Nigerian team. They controlled the game from start to finish and spent nearly the entire second period in the Europeans’ half. Also, the Falconets had numerous opportunities to score but were unable to take advantage of them.

The Falconets controlled the early stages of the game. Although there was a shout for penalty when Sabastine was hauled down on nine minutes, the referee waved play on.

However, it was the girls in Orange that took the lead in the 12th minute. Zera Hilswit volleyed into the top corner after a shoddy clearance from captain Blessing Demehin.

The Falconets continued to push forward and almost equalized in 32 minutes; but Deborah Abiodun’s long range effort hit the cross bar while Okuwchukwu’s follow up was tipped away for a corner.

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Following yet another errant clearing by Demehin, the Netherlands extended their lead in the 33rd minute off the foot of Ziva Henry.

The Falconets came out more determinedly in the second half and produced numerous chances; but their efforts were foiled by poor finishing.

The Falconets were given a penalty for handball in the 93rd minute, but following VAR review, the call was reversed.

The Netherlands are making their first-ever semifinals participation in the U-20 women’s World Cup. Coach Christopher Danjuma’s girls last advanced to the semifinals at Canadian in 2014. The Netherlands will play Spain in the semi-finals. The semi final match will be played on Thursday, 25 August, 2022, at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica Stadium.

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