FIFA U20 World Cup: Nigeria Fall to USA by 2 -0
The Falconets had all the possession – about 60% – but did not make anything of it, eventually allowing the USA team to capitalise on two defensive blunders to make win the game.
A goal in each half by the American ladies put paid to Nigeria’s ambition of making a second consecutive appearance in the final of the FIFA Women’s competition.
Goals midway through either half from Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai proved enough for the two-time champions to see off the hitherto unbeaten African Champions, and set up a decider against either holders, Germany, or host Japan.
The Falconets as early as seventh minute had the first chance to take the lead but leading goal-scorer, Francisca Ordega hesitated with just the goal keeper to beat.
feel the the representatives in the on-going FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan succumbed to superior tactics as they lost 2-0 to their counterparts from the USA in a semi-final fixture on Thursday. As early as seventh minute the Falconets had the first chance to take the lead but leading goal-scorer, Francisca Ordega hesitated with just the goal keeper to beat. Thereafter the Americans stepped up the tempo and won a series of corner kicks which were not well defended by the Falconets but they got away with it.
The Falconets continued to press forward with Ngozi Okobi making good runs from midfield but there were no beautiful finishes from the strikers to complement the runs, only for
Nigerian defence was then caught napping in the 22nd minute when an innocuous cross from deep midfield was poorly defended and Brian scored the all-important opening goal midway through the first half, perfectly directing a header over goalkeeper Ibubeleye. Whyte, following Mollie Pathman’s cross from the left.
In the second half came a hammer blow for the Nigerians as substitute Samantha Mewis pushed a short defence-splitting pass for Ohai to get the better of her marker and score.
The Stars and Stripes will now have the opportunity to win their third title in Saturday’s final, following previous tournament victories in 2002 and 2008.
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