Nigeria vs Spain (LIVE UPDATES): Falconets battle for Semi-final ticket


The Nigeria U-20 Women’s team, the Falconets, are set for a crunch tie against their Spanish counterparts in the first quarterfinal pairing of the ongoing FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup in France.

While Spain will be hoping to continue the fine form shown in a tough Group C , the Nigerian Ladies will be banking on their greater experience at the tournament to pull through.

To reach this stage, Nigeria lost to Germany 1-0 in their opening game, defeated Haiti 1-0 and needed a late own goal by China right-back, Jiaxing Dou, to book their place in the knockout stages.

On their part, the Spanish U-20 women side started off its World Cup run on a hot streak. In their first game, a hat trick from Patricia Guijarro led the Spanish past Paraguay 4-1.

La Rojita edged a gritty Japanese side 1-0 in its second game thanks to a 16th-minute game-winner from Carmen Menayo.

Having qualified for the quarter-finals, Spain were held to a 2-2 draw by USA in their final group game.

It is yet to be seen how Thursday’s quarterfinal win pan out.

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Kickoff is 3 p.m.

We are set for action now as the national anthems of Spain and then Nigeria has been rendered.

KICKOFF!!  The Falconets get the game underway

First free-kick goes to Nigeria

The Spanish Ladies dictating the pace of the game so far

Spain win a free kick but goalkeeper of Nigeria pulls off a save.

This is the seventh time Nigeria is making it to the quarterfinals of this competition in nine appearances..

The first ten minutes of this quarter-final tie has been more of the Spaniards… This team is gunning for history has Spain has never made the semis in this competition

GOALLL.. Spain take the lead

Bonmati curls the ball into the net as Spain take the early advantage

Candela tries another shot for Spain but the Falocents keeper saves this

CHANCE… Grace  IGBOAMALU tries to get a touch but the Spain keeper rushes out for a save

Injury scare for Spain as LUCÍA hops off the pitch

Substitution for Spain…EVA NAVARRO in to replace LUCÍA

The fourth official warns the Nigeria Coach Christopher Musa who is on his feet and going beyond his boundary

Free kick for Spain in a good position

Clever execution by the Spanish Ladies but the Falconets truncate the move

Less than 10 minutes left in the first half still Spain 1-0 Nigeria

Yellow card for Falconets goalkeeper..  NNADOZIE as Spain win a free kick

CHANCE!!!! Falconets escape as Spain hit the crossbar with their well-taken free kick

SAVE:  NNADOZIE denies Spain a second goal

YELLOW CARD.. Pece Efih booked for a rough tackle

Nigeria has managed just one shot on target all through this game, they will need much more if they are to scale this hurdle

Two minutes added time…

Another Yellow Card to Nigeria Okeke booked and would miss the semi-final match if falconets progess

GOALLLL. Spain makes it 2-0First Half Analysis

First Half Analysis

With below 30% of possession and out of ideas in the last third, the Falconets are just about hanging on. The Spaniards were so much better in the first half and it was heroic defending from the Nigerians that have simply kept the deficit to two goals.
What can Christopher Musa do in the second half? They need to play more coherently in the Spanish half and try as much as possible to press the ball whilst keeping the available players under check.

it was a poor half but all is not lost if the Nigerians can push more offensively and try to stop marking space in the middle of the pitch.

Second half already underway

Still Spain hitting the right notes as they look to increase their advantage

Injury scare for Falconets as Defender  UCHEIBE is being stretched out

GOALL.. Falconets pull one back

Peace Efih gives Nigeria a lifeline

NNADOZIE rushes out for a save as Spain look to re-establish their two-goal lead

Anxious moments for the Falconets but they made the needed clearance

Imo tries a long shot… but it is well off target

Corner kick for Falconets but Spain do the needful

Spain Substitution:  Maite Oroz off for Paula Fernandez

We are in the final 10 minutes… still Spain 2-1 Nigeria

Falconets escape being awarded a penalty against

Ajibade swings a shot but goes off target

Spain with 65% of the possession

Three minutes added time

Spain taking their time as they win a corner kick

FULL TIME:  Spain 2-1 Nigeria

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