December 4, 2022

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Costa Rica 2022: Why Nigeria’s Falconets crashed out of U-20 World Cup – NFF 


A litany of things, together with poor ending, onerous luck and dodgy officiating by Costa Rican official Marianela Araya noticed the Nigeria U20 women bow out of the FIFA U20 Ladies’s World Cup with a two-goal defeat by The Netherlands of their quarter-final match in Alajuela.

Flourish Sabastine, who scored Nigeria’s three-point winner towards France within the opening match of Group C, was cynically stopped within the Dutch’s field within the 7th minute, however simply as she did all night time, Araya appeared away unimpressed.

4 minutes later, the Dutch have been forward, when Zera Hulswit rammed an ideal dipping shot past Omini Oyono because the conquerors of USA pulled away on the counter-attack.

Within the 15th minute, Sabastine once more pulled away and let fly, however the ball was tipped away by spectacular goal-tender Claire Dinkla.

On the half-hour, Nigeria practically acquired the leveller that their endeavour deserved when Deborah Abiodun seized the ball because the Dutch defence fell into confusion, however her personal dipping shot from 25 metres rocked the crossbar and was then tipped away from the pinnacle of Chiamaka Okwuchukwu.

Solely three minutes later, the deficit doubled towards Nigeria, when the Dutch broke via the appropriate as soon as extra, and with captain Oluwatosin Demehin and Omowumi Oshobukola in a fumble, Ziva Henry bundled the ball previous Oyono.

Substitute Pleasure Jerry got here near pulling one again when her head met the ball from Rofiat Imuran’s cross within the 62nd minute, however the ball floated away.

Sabastine, endlessly unstoppable, was hacked severally within the Dutch penalty space as she darted in every time she had the ball, however Araya noticed no cause to award a penalty kick to Nigeria.

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Within the second minute of added time, a Dutch defender dealt with the ball within the field as Nigeria poured ahead. However after consulting the Video Assistant Referee, Araya overturned her personal determination to award a penalty kick.

Defeat meant elimination for a workforce that had gained all three group section matches, scoring 5 targets and conceding just one.