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Nigeria defeat France in pulsating U-20 World Cup game

Nigeria’s Falconets upset Costa Rica’s Les Bluets in a thrilling match in San Jose.

At exactly 20 minutes, the game was stopped due to a strong downpour that was interfering with the players’ and camera’s eyesight.Information Guide Nigeria

The young Nigerian players had up until that moment displayed all the traits that French coach Sonia Haziraj had expressed concern about in the Falconets.

In the early going, the Falconets’ thriving forward Flourish Sabastine proved to be a threat, and the midfield led by Bashirat Amoo also proved to be a key engine.

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When the weather improved an hour after the break, play resumed, and in the 23rd minute, a scramble in the goalmouth nearly resulted in a goal for France.

The Nigerian girls, who hadn’t participated in any tournaments before to this one but had good chemistry in their exchanges, had a successful half.

In the 58th minute, Mercy Idoko had a wonderful opportunity that she let go between her legs. French goalie Petiteau was quick to react and successfully blocked a shot from close range.

Oyono, a Nigerian goalie, displayed composure to make a stop in the 62nd minute. As the game progressed, Chiamaka Okuchukwu was shortly replaced by Joy Jerry.

In the 72nd minute, there was still no goal after the vivacious Sabastine manoeuvred around her defender and sent a tantalising cross into the box, but substitute Okuchukwu was unable to make contact.

After a VAR review, the referee chalked off Nassi’s goal that she believed she had scored to give Les Bluets the lead in the 79th minute.

Due to Sabastine, the top scorer at the African qualifying tournament, working her magic once more, what would have been an equaliser but for the VAR became the Falconets’ winning goal.

By defeating one of the top teams in France’s league, the Falconets set a precedent and will look to build on it in future contests.JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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