Nigeria’s U20 ladies have set a flawless record in the group stages of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica after beating their Canadian counterpart 3-1 in the early hours of Thursday and emerged winners of group C.
Having edged France and Korea Republic in the first two matches, Nigeria rounded off an impeccable group stage outing with a comprehensive win against the Canadian ladies. It’s the first time Nigeria would record a hundred percent win record in the group stages of the competition.
Africa’s best team conceded their first goal of the competition accidentally, following goalkeeper Omini Oyono’s poor management of a backpass from Jumoke Alani that granted Kala Novak a lucky goal in less than two minutes.
Midfield maestro Esther Onyenezide, who has been instrumental to the Christopher Danjuma tutored side in the competition so far, scored from the penalty spot in the 24th minute to pull the Falconets level after Blessing Okpe’s shot was handled by defender Mia Pante in the box.
In the 32nd minute, Onyenezide scored Nigeria’s second goal from the spot after Simi Awujo’s dangerous play against Mercy Idoko. She went for a header from Rofiat Imuran’s inswinger, which the referee adjudged as a penalty.
The Falconets in the second half looked refreshed, brewing with pace and brilliance and soon enough, Imuran’s decisive cross set up substitute Chioma Olise for Nigeria’s third goal.
Their imperial campaign in the group stage earns the Falconets a quarter-final date with The Netherlands in Alajuela from 1 am on Monday (Nigeria time)
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