Falconets vs China

Nigeria today advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s U20 Women’s World Cup thanks to a dramatic stoppage time goal by striker Rasheedat Ajibade.

The Falconets finished on four points from three matches, while China failed to go past the group stage on three points.

Three-time champions Germany won the group after they beat Haiti 3-2 for their third win in as many matches.

China thought they had grabbed the all-important goal in the 41st minute courtesy of a brilliant individual goal by L.Y Zyang in the 41st minute with Super Falcons coach Thomas Delarney in the stands.

In the second half, they were denied by a super save by goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and then in stoppage time a Falconets defender headed a goal-bound effort on the goalline.

But just when you thought China will go through at the expense of the Africans’, star striker Ajibade, who has been a pale shadow of herself despite scoring the match winner against Haiti, popped up to scramble a cross from the right flank with almost the las kick of the ball.

She was the team’s leading scorer in the qualifiers with 10 goals in six games.

Get more stories like this on Twitter & Facebook

AD: To get thousands of free final year project topics and other project materials sorted by subject to help with your research [click here]