The Falconets exit Under 20 women’s world cup to Netherlands


Nigeria was eliminated from the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup on Sunday after falling to The Netherlands 2-0. 

At their quarterfinal match in Alajuela, Costa Rica, the Falconets were unable to duplicate earlier round results in which they won all three of their games during the group phase. 

In Nigeria’s Group C opening match against France, Flourish Sabastine, who had scored the game-winning goal, was unable to capitalize in the seventh minute. 

However, the Dutch took the lead just four minutes later when Zera Hulswit outmuscled Omini Oyono and hammered in a perfect dipping shot. 

In the fifteenth minute, Sabastine once more got away and unleashed, but Claire Dinkla, who was outstanding in goal, deflected the ball.

Deborah Abiodun nearly gave Nigeria the equalizer that their efforts deserved on the half-hour when she seized the ball as the Dutch defense became disorganized. 

But Chiamaka Okwuchukwu deflected her dipping attempt from 25 yards away after it rattled the crossbar.

Ziva Henry shoved the ball past Oyono as team captain Oluwatosin Demehin and Omowumi Oshobukola stumbled. 

In place of Joy In the 62nd minute, Jerry nearly equalized when the ball from Rofiat Imuran’s cross collided with her head, but it sailed away. 

In the second minute of extra time, as Nigeria pushed forward, a Dutch defender handled the ball in the box. 

However, Costa Rican official Marianela Araya reversed her original decision to give a penalty kick after speaking with the Video Assistant Referee.

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