Women Football: Nigeria’s Falconet crashes out of U20 women world cup despite beating spain 2-1

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Nigeria U-20 women’s team Falconets have crashed out of the ongoing 2017 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup despite coming from a goal down to beat Spain 2-1 in their last Group B game on Sunday morning.

The last time the Falconets failed to make it out of the group stage was at the maiden edition in Canada 2002.

Alba Redondo put Spain ahead in the 7th minute. In the 11th minute the Falconets drew level through Ihuoma Onyebuchi from a corner.

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18-year-old Ihuoma Onyebuchi scored after finding enough space and time to fire in a nodded ball from Charity Reubenafter a corner kick.

The Falconets led in the 72nd minute after skipper Chiwendu Ihezuo scored the Falconets second goal to give them their second win of the tournament.2853048_big-lnd

 

Ihezuo received a long pass from Rasheedat Abijade and then nodded the ball past the Spanish defenders, sprinted into space, before firing home a left-footed effort.

The Falconets played the last five minutes of the game with 10 players after Gloria Ogbonna was shown a second yellow card.2853095_big-lnd

Spain qualified along with Japan who top the group after thrashing Canada 5-0 while the Falconets finished third.

The hard-earned 2-1 win recorded by the Falconets on Sunday morning over their Spanish counterparts was still unable to keep them in contention.images (43)

The Falconets shot themselves having conceded heavily in their first game against Japan which they lost 6-0.

In the final group standings, Japan, Spain and Nigeria were all tied on 6 points, but the Falconets were edged out due to their huge goals deficit.

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