By Idris Akinbajo
The Falconets of Nigeria, early Thursday, became the first team to qualify for the semi-final of the Women’s U-20 world cup.
A goal by Oparanozie in the 109 minute allowed Nigeria to edge out their Central American opponent in a highly entertaining match that saw both goalkeepers making crucial saves.
Nigeria dominated the match and had several shots saved by the Mexican goalkeeper in the first and second half. Nigeria had better ball possession in the game with the possession in the first half being 59%-41% in
90 minutes however ended with no goal scored by either team. The first half of extra time also ended with no goal scored.
Gloria Oparanozie however scored the only goal of the match from a nice header in the 2nd minute of the second half of extra time.
Nigeria will now face the winner of the match between Japan and Korea in the semi-finals of the competition.