The Nigeria U-20 Women’s team, the Falconets, battles against their Spanish counterparts in the first quarterfinal pairing of the ongoing FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup in France.
While Spain will be hoping to continue the fine form shown in a tough Group C , the Nigerian Ladies will be banking on their greater experience at the tournament to pull through.
To reach this stage, Nigeria lost to Germany 1-0 in their opening game, defeated Haiti 1-0 and needed a late own goal by China right-back, Jiaxing Dou, to book their place in the knockout stages.
On their part, the Spanish U-20 women side started off its World Cup run on a hot streak. In their first game, a hat trick from Patricia Guijarro led the Spanish past Paraguay 4-1.
La Rojita edged a gritty Japanese side 1-0 in its second game thanks to a 16th-minute game-winner from Carmen Menayo.
Having qualified for the quarter-finals, Spain were held to a 2-2 draw by USA in their final group game.
It is yet to be seen how Thursday’s quarterfinal win pan out.
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Kickoff is 3 p.m.
We are set for action now as the national anthems of Spain and then Nigeria has been rendered.
KICKOFF!! The Falconets get the game underway
First free-kick goes to Nigeria
The Spanish Ladies dictating the pace of the game so far
Spain win a free kick but goalkeeper of Nigeria pulls off a save.
This is the seventh time Nigeria is making it to the quarterfinals of this competition in nine appearances..
The first ten minutes of this quarter-final tie has been more of the Spaniards… This team is gunning for history has Spain has never made the semis in this competition
GOALLL.. Spain take the lead
Bonmati curls the ball into the net as Spain take the early advantage
Candela tries another shot for Spain but the Falocents keeper saves this
CHANCE… Grace IGBOAMALU tries to get a touch but the Spain keeper rushes out for a save
Injury scare for Spain as LUCÍA hops off the pitch
Substitution for Spain…EVA NAVARRO in to replace LUCÍA
The fourth official warns the Nigeria Coach Christopher Musa who is on his feet and going beyond his boundary
Free kick for Spain in a good position
Clever execution by the Spanish Ladies but the Falconets truncate the move
Less than 10 minutes left in the first half still Spain 1-0 Nigeria
Yellow card for Falconets goalkeeper.. NNADOZIE as Spain win a free kick
CHANCE!!!! Falconets escape as Spain hit the crossbar with their well-taken free kick
SAVE: NNADOZIE denies Spain a second goal
YELLOW CARD.. Pece Efih booked for a rough tackle
Nigeria has managed just one shot on target all through this game, they will need much more if they are to scale this hurdle
GOALLLL. Spain makes it 2-0First Half Analysis
First Half Analysis
With below 30% of possession and out of ideas in the last third, the Falconets are just about hanging on. The Spaniards were so much better in the first half and it was heroic defending from the Nigerians that have simply kept the deficit to two goals.
What can Christopher Musa do in the second half? They need to play more coherently in the Spanish half and try as much as possible to press the ball whilst keeping the available players under check.
it was a poor half but all is not lost if the Nigerians can push more offensively and try to stop marking space in the middle of the pitch.
Second half already underway
Still Spain hitting the right notes as they look to increase their advantage
Injury scare for Falconets as Defender UCHEIBE is being stretched out
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