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Sports FIFA u-20 Women's World Cup: Nigeria through to the semifinals after pumelling New Zealand 4-1


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Nigeria's Falconets made it a third consecutive semifinal appearance at the FIFA under 20 Women's World Cup beating New Zealand 4-1 to make into the last four in Canada.

There was no doubt who the better team in the game was with the Nigerian ladies dominating in all departments of the match.

In the group stages,the Falconets topped their group and they carried over the form into the game against New Zealand,which was no surprise how they got off to flying start in the game.

Azeezat Oshoala finally lived up to what has been expected of her,finding the net in the first twelve minutes of the game.

Just like in their game against England,Nigeria scored another early goal,finding the net just after 31 seconds.

A deep cross from the right wing by Ugo Njoku met the onrushing Oshoala who headed in the ball to set the tone for Nigeria.

Oshoala doubled her tally just a few minutes later racing on to a through pass and making sure it ended in the net with a good finish.

Nigeria's superiority was evident and they created chances of scoring more goals,pegging the Oceania team in their defence.

New Zealand rarely troubled the Nigerian goalkeeper,Chi Chi who was mainly a passenger for majority of the match.

Oshoala was menacing down the left flank,looking like a threat each time she was on the ball.

She did set up Uchenna Kanu who rocked the upright after the New Zealand goalkeeper tipped her shot to the post.

But Nigeria eventually got the third goal,substitute Uchechi Sunday in a matter of seconds that she was brought into the game bundled in a corner kick to bag a goal.

New Zealand scored a consolation goal minutes before the end of the game,with Emma Rolston glancing on to a cross to head in a goal beyond Chi Chi.

But there was still time for Nigeria to get another goal,it was Sunday again who showed some good footwork going past her marker and finding the net for the Falconets who saw out the game 4-1 winners.

The Falconets are now through to a successive semifinals appearance in the competition,and will play Korea DPR for a place in the finals.


Photo Credit: @FIFAWWC
 
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