The fine run of Nigeria Women’s U-20 team the Falconets at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Japan was halted Tuesday morning asthe United States team defeated them 2-0 in first semi final match of the tournament.
For the ‘Obama girls’, it was a sweet revenge having been ducked out by Nigeria in the quarter finals of the last edition in Germany.
A goal in each half by the American ladies put paid to Nigeria’s ambition of making a second consecutive appearance in the final of the FIFA Women’s competition.
Goals midway through either half from Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai proved enough for the two-time champions to see off the hitherto unbeaten African Champions, and set up a decider against either holders, Germany, or host Japan.
Nigeria made the brighter start as Francisca Ordega latched onto a through ball on seven minutes and beat USA goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin in a race to the ball, only for her prodded effort to go wide off the post.
Brian scored the all-important opening goal midway through the first half, perfectly directing a header over goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte, following Mollie Pathman’s cross from the left.
In the second half came a hammer blow for the Nigerians as substitute Samantha Mewis pushed a short defence-splitting pass for Ohai to get the better of her marker and score.
The Stars and Stripes will now have the opportunity to win their third title in Saturday’s final, following previous tournament victories in 2002 and 2008.