Falconets Defeat Canada 3-1, to Face Netherlands in Quarter Final

The Falconets have won their last Group C match against Canada 3-1 in the ongoing U-2- World Cup. The girls recorded the victory on Thursday morning to finish with a perfect nine points out of nine in Group C. Head Coach, Chris Musa, said before the match that his girls would seek to win even as a quarter-final ticket was already in the bag, to strengthen their winning mentality following hard-fought victories over France and the Korea Republic.

Africa’s best team acknowledged 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 fortuitous goal in less than two minutes.

“It was great for us to come back from that setback, and also concede first in the tournament. We showed character and spirit, and that would be huge for us going forward in the competition,” Musa said after the match.

Midfield impresario Esther Onyenezide, whose wild curving shot attained all three points against the Korea Republic to send the Falconets into the last eight on Monday morning, scored from the penalty spot in the 24th minute to pull the Falconets level. Defender Mia Pante had handled the ball from a Blessing Okpe shot in the box.

The Falconets looked organized and surefooted in the middle with the return of Deborah Abiodun, who sat out the encounter with the Koreans, and Chiamaka Okwuchukwu also played an inspired game after starting for the first time in the tournament. Her firm header from a Blessing Okpe cross in the 15th minute was missed narrowly.

Onyenezide shot Nigeria forward, also from the spot, in the 32nd minute, after Simi Awujo’s harmful play against Mercy Idoko, as the latter went for a header from Rofiat Imuran’s inswinger, was penalized.

In the added time of the first duration, Idoko came close to scoring her first goal of the tournament, but her touch from another Imuran inswinger kissed the upright.

During the second half, the Falconets added pace and realistic use of space to their game, and it was no surprise when Imuran, again with a visionary cross, set up option 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 from1 am on Monday (Nigeria time).

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