….pip Korea Republic by a lone goal
By Folusho Alade
Nigeria’s U20 girls, Falconets have reached the last eight of the 10th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals ongoing in Costa Rica after a sublime performance saw the team grab all all three points from Korea Republic in a 1-0 win in Alajuela.
The top-of-the-table clash was highly anticipated as both teams knew a win would take them to the tournament’s quarter-finals, both having won their respective first games of the tournament. Korea Republic were top of the log on goal difference, having defeated Canada 2-0, after the Falconets had beaten France 1-0 on Friday morning.
A stunner from midfielder Esther Onyenezide in the 83rd minute flew past Yoonji Do who was in goal for the Koreans for the only goal of the match .
The Falconets will square up against Canada in the early hours of Thursday for match day three to determine who tops the group and also know the possible quarter-final opponents from Group D.
Of course, defending champions, Japan, The Netherlands, USA and Africa’s other flagbearers Ghana make up Group D.