France 2018: Germany beat Nigeria 1-0

Nigeria’s U20 girls, Falconets lost 1-0 to Germany in the opening game of Group D of the FIFA U20 World Cup on Monday.

The Falconets battled hard but were once more unable to break the German jinx as Stefanie Sanders was gifted acres of space in the six –yard area to slam into the net from a corner kick even after inspired goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie had made two consecutive saves.

The Falconets, runners-up in 2010 and 2014 and semi finalists in 2012, had their own opportunities to get on the score sheet but Anam Imo and Peace Efih were somewhat unlucky.

Germany pushed hard and relentlessly in the opening half, but could find no breakthrough as a brilliant Nnadozie, with defenders Glory Ogbonna, Oluwakemi Famuditi and Sunday Opeyemi, kept things tight at the rear.

Nigeria should have leveled three minutes after the Germans shot ahead, but Peace Efih’s swerving shot rocked the upright with the goalkeeper stranded.

The girls fought very hard and deserved at least a point from this match, but that is gone now and we have to look forward to Thursday. I believe the coaches have the ability to turn things around and ensure victory in the two remaining group phase matches,” Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, told on phone from Saint Malo after the match.

Next up for the Falconets is an encounter with their Haitian counterparts, at the same venue on Thursday, before another potentially –explosive encounter with China in Dinan/LĂ©hon on Monday next week.

All results so far

Sunday 5 August
Group B
Mexico 3-2 Brazil
Korea DPR 1-3 England

Group A
New Zealand 1-2 Netherlands
France 4-1 Ghana

Monday 6 August

Group C
Paraguay 1-4 Spain
USA 0-1 Japan

Group D
Nigeria 0-1 Germany
Haiti 1-2 China PR

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