Nigeria’s U-20 Women’s team, the Falconets, have failed in their attempt to conquer the world as they lost 1-0 to their German counterparts in the finals of the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup which took place early Monday morning in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in Canada.
The Nigeria women were hoping to avenge the 2-0 loss suffered in the finals against the Germans four years ago but despite pushing their opponents to the limits, the Coach Peter Dedevho-tutored side cave in to the gritty European side early in the extra time.
The Falconets will have themselves to blame for not entering the record books as the first African team to win a female World Cup title as statistics showed that they had more possession and indeed attempts at goal than their German counterparts.
The Falconets may also claim to have been undone by the centre referee as with five minutes remaining Nigeria had the ball in the net only for their celebrations to be cut short by the assistant referee’s flag for supposedly offside play.
That left extra time to settle this pulsating affair and, after Asisat Oshoala had again gone close for Nigeria; it was Germany who found a breakthrough through their danger forward Petermann who scored the day’s crucial goal from six yards.
Nigeria gave a faint challenge for an equaliser as the substitutes brought in to help salvage the situation failed in their mission.
While the Falconets anguish in pain for missing out on the coveted trophy, it is celebration galore for the Germans who now has a record-equalling third time FIFA U20 Women’s trophy.
Incidentally, it was Germany that has also won the Senior men’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil just recently.
Oshoala however emerged the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as well as the Highest Goal Scorer.