Nigeria Beat China In U-17 Women’s World Cup

Two goals from Rashidat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu gave Nigeria’s Flamingoes maximum points as they defeated China in their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup opening Group D match Sunday night at Alajuela Stadium in Costa Rica, eyeonthesports.com reports.
The encounter, which ended 2-1 in favour of the Nigerian girls, saw Ajibade scoring Nigeria’s first goal in the 21st minute. A loose ball found the FC Robo midfielder during a goal mouth scramble and she perfectly tucked the ball beyond the Chinese goalkeeper, Peng.
There were other efforts from the Nigerian side especially in the 29th minute, when Ihuoma Onyebuchi hammered a speculative short from about 38m yard, but Peng dived full length to make a great catch.
Aminat Yakubu’s cross was also well gathered by the Chinese goalkeeper, who denied the Flamingoes more scoring opportunities on the night.
Yakubu had another chance but was complacent and allowed Peng to grab the ball off her legs, as the first half ended 1-0.
Eyeonthesports.com reports that the second half was more competitive, as the Flamingoes went straight to their opponents rear creating scoring chances, but their finishing was so poor to produce the desired goal.
Kanu however broke the Chinese barrier when she brilliantly headed home a cross in the 63rd minute to give Nigeria her second goal.
Barely two minutes after Kanu’s goal, China took the game back to Nigeria and scored a consolatory goal through Fan Yuqiu, leaving the final scoreline 2-1.
In the other Group D match, Mexico defeated Colombia 4-0 and are leading the group, the Nigerian team are second, while China and Colombia are third and fourth respectively.


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