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WOMEN 's U-20 WORLD CUP : Germany Beat Nigeria 1- 0 At Extra Minutes, To Win Trophy



The Nigeria U20 women’s football team, the Super Falconets on Sunday lost 0-1 to Germany in the final of the world cup in Canada.
The Falconets were heavy favourites going into the game decided at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal but it was the Germans that tore the form books to shreds.
Asisat Oshoala was the player expected star in the contest following her impressive form in the tournament and she duly got the game’s first real chance.
It was an opportunity she created from absolutely nothing as she robbed defender, Margarita Gidion of the ball, before rounding the German goalkeeper, Meike Kamper only to shoot into the side netting from a tight angle.
Oshoala came close again in the 38th minute but her effort went wide following some good work from Chiwendu Ihezuo.
It wasn’t all Nigeria though as the Germans also went close in the first half through a brilliant Lina Magull free-kick which was comfortably dealt with by the Nigerian goal keeper, Sandra Chiichii.
If Nigeria dominated the first half, it was a completely different story in the second half as the Europeans started on the front foot.
Theresa Panfil and Lena Petermann combined in enthralling fashion to tee up Sara Daebritz who went on to unleash a fearsome effort with her left foot that Chiichii did well to block.
Oshoala, though was fired up for the contest and continued to cause problems for the German rear guard.
She came close in the early moments of the second half following a remarkable display of speed and skill that left three Germans for dead but again, the final touch from the Rivers Angels striker was less than exemplary.
Germany were next to be culpable of yet another bad miss as Pauline Bremer headed disappointingly after some brilliant work by Sara Dabritz.
The Super Falconets then had to call on the bravery of their keeper, with Chiichii racing from her line to dive at the feet of Lena Petermann, picking up a bruised jaw in the process.
Regulation time failed to produce any goals but eight minutes into the first half of extra time, Germany struck a dagger into Nigerian hearts.
Lena Petermann scored the title-winning goal, slotting home from six yards, but the plaudits went to the energetic Bremer, who had robbed left-back Gladys Abasi before driving towards the byline and delivering the perfect cutback.
Nigeria, who had given so much to the match, proved unable to respond. Germany saw out the remaining minutes with a degree of comfort and can now savour the familiar feeling of being crowned champions of the world.
Germany coach, Maren Meinert said the success of the men’s team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil went a long way in inspiring her young charges.
“The players and I spent the whole summer cheering on the men’s team and their success definitely motivated us.
“We didn’t necessarily expect to follow them and be standing here as champions, but we’re very proud – and the quality of teams we’ve beaten along the way makes us especially proud. One crucial thing (against Nigeria on Sunday) was that we played very well defensively as well as offensively, and the whole team worked hard to achieve that.
“We knew Nigeria were very strong and play a high-tempo game, and that there would be times when our defence was overrun.
“But we restricted them to only a few shots on goal, so I think we defended against them well,” she said to
Nigeria’s coach, Peter Dedevbo refused to let his head drop insisting that the Falconets surpassed pre tournament expectations.
“There are lots of good teams in this tournament who crashed out earlier than us, whereas Nigeria – not generally seen as the best – made it all the way to the final.
(On Sunday), we had enough opportunities to win this match in the first half alone. But while we had chances and didn’t take them, Germany had one chance and took it.
“That’s the nature of football. I’ve not spoken to the girls yet but I will tell them to take this defeat hard and learn from it because we lost this game due to tactical indiscipline.
“We had a great opportunity to win a World Cup with the chances we had in the first half, but we threw that chance away.
“Be that as our may, we did our best to redeem Nigeria’s image. I haven’t spoken to my players yet as I don’t want to say the wrong thing to them now.
“But I will talk to them tomorrow once everything is calm and get through the message I want to put across,” he said.
In watched the match and I must say the girls did play well, but they wasted a lot of chances only for the Germans to utilize the only one they got. Leaving our girls heartbroken.
Do your watch the match?, let us know what you think made the girls lose.

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