By James K. Attaglo Wilson|| email@example.com
The Super Falconets of Nigeria broke the hearts of many a Chinese fan on Monday, August 13 when they came from a goal down to pull parity in stoppage time to earn them a qualification in the last eight of the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup ahead of the Asians.
Knowing very well that only a win could save them from bowing out of the competition the Chinese pressed the button from the start in search of a goal, hitting the crossbar in the 25th minute through Mengyu Shen.
Linlin Wang’s header in the 36th minute missed the target by a whisker, but Linyan Zhang broke the deadlock in the 41st minute to take the lead into the break.
The dynamism of the game did not change from the recess as the Chinese kept attacking from all angles but Nigeria goalie – Chiamaka Nnadozie saved the day for the Super Falconets pulling some great saves to the applauds of the spectators.
With seconds left to play in time added on, Nigeria who had rarely threatened throughout the game found their way through substitute Aishat Bello whose cross into the eighteen yard box hit the legs of Huan Xu into her own net.
Speaking in a post match interview coach of the Falconets [Christopher Musa] said he believed his girls were going to qualify:
“We wanted to make sure we went through, that’s why we fought to the end.
“In the second half, we just had to push and keep the spirit of the team moving.
“It’s all about winning, it’s all about fighting to the end,” he adds.
Nigeria qualified from Group D alongside Germany who maintained their 100% record in the competition having won 3-2 over Haiti.