Late draw earns Super Falconets quarter-final spot

Falconets with Solomon Dalung in Austria

Falconets with Solomon Dalung in Austria

General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Muhammad Sanusi has urged Nigerians to have faith in the Falconets in the on going FIFA Under-20 women's World Cup, stressing that the girls can only get better and go far in the tournament after holding China in their final group game on Monday to advance to the quarter-finals, Completesportsnigeroa.com reports.

The game was heading to an end with China looking sure of picking the group's second ticket, but Ajibade's last minute strike turned it around for Nigeria to earn a highly-dramatic 1-1 draw.

Mengyu Shen had the first chance of the match on 25 minutes when she hit the Nigeria crossbar.

They will be filing out against Spain in a quarter-finals match on Thursday.


The diminutive forward sold her Nigerian marker a dummy in the box before firing past a diving Chiamaka Nnadozie in goal for the Falconets, to give the Chinese a deserved lead.

However, with seconds left to play, substitute Aishat Bello's risky cross from the right had captain Rasheedat Ajibade challenging for the ball with China right-back Jiaxing Dou. Two of the powerhouses in women's football, United States of America and Brazil, could not make it from the group stage.While Brazil finished last in Group B with just one point, U.S. was third in Group C with four points.

Second placed Nigeria - who squeezed ahead of China on goal-difference - finished on four points, and will now play Spain in the quarter-finals on Thursday 16 August.

The Falconets play Group C winners Spain, who played an entertaining 2-2 draw against United States of America in Dinan-Lehon same day, in Concaneau, on Thursday.

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