- South Korea 0-1 Nigeria: Nigeria’s Falconets defeat Korea to qualify for quarterfinals of the Under 20 Women’s World Cup.
- The game against South Korea meant to be played by 9:00pm got rescheduled to 10:15pm.
- Esther Onyenezide scores to break the deadlock in the 83rd minute.
Nigeria’s Under 20 team defeated South Korea by a goal to book a place in the quarterfinals of the 10th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals ongoing in Costa Rica.
Chris Danjuma led team recorded a 1-0 victory against South Korea in their second group game played on Sunday, August 14, 2022, Nigeria continued from their impressive start where they defeated European Champions France.
South Korea vs Nigeria was highly anticipated game as both teams knew a win would take them to the tournament quarter-finals, both having won their respective first games of the tournament. The Korea Republic was top of the Group C table on goal difference, having defeated Canada 2-0, after the Falconets had also beaten France 1-0 on Friday morning.
South Korea 0-1 Nigeria: Falconets defeat Korea to qualify for quarterfinals
Similar to first game against France, Match kick off was delayed for poor weather conditions, the game was scheduled for 9:00 pm but later rescheduled to 10:15pm Nigeria time.
The Falconets were unable to break the South Korean defense in the first half, both team also had some opportunities to score.
In the 53rd minute of the game Esther Onyenezide forced goal keeper Kim to a save with her superb long range effort, the Korea also had a chance in 64th minute but Nigeria goalie Monle Omini came up with a superb save.
There was little to separate both teams until midfielder Esther Onyenezide fires in from a long range to beat the South Korean goal-keeper Kim and breaks the deadlock in the 83rd minute.
After the goal from Esther Onyenezide, the tight at the back tightened and in midfield Mercy Idoko, Onyenezide and Bashirat Amoo worked tirelessly to support the defense.
The Falconets of Nigeria held on for all three points and booked a spot in the quarterfinals with two wins from two games in Group C.
The Falconets of Nigeria will take on Canada on August 18 by 3am Nigerian time.