- Nigeria beat Haiti U-20 women team 1-0 in their second Group D tie in France
- Rasheedat Ajibade netted the only goal on the 38th minute from the spot
- Nigeria's Falconets will face China in their third group match on Monday August 13
Nigeria’s U-20 female national team Falconets on Thursday, August 9, defeated Haiti 1-0 in their second match of the ongoing FIFA U–20 Women’s World Cup in France.
The encounter decided at Saint Malo saw Falconets captain Rasheedat Ajibade score the only goal of the match in the 38th minute from the spot to hand Nigeria all three points.
At the commencement of the encounter, both sides were eager to claim all match points after suffering defeat in their opening fixtures to Germany and China respectively.
Although the Falconets were able to exchange passes in the first stanza, Haiti showed that they were in France, for serious football business.
Nigeria forced the first save of the match after Anam Imo right footed shot from outside the box was blocked.
Gift Monday got the first caution of the day when she received a yellow card in the 4th minute for a bad foul.
On the 7th minute, Gift Monday played a through ball, but Rasheedat Ajibade was caught offside.
The contest from them saw both side trying to outwit one another and on the 18th minute, Haiti's Nérilia Mondésir was caught offside.
Falconent's Peace Efih almost gave Nigeria the lead in the 33rd minute but her right footed effort from the right side of the box missed target.
However, Nigeria were awarded a penalty on the 35th minute after Tabita Joseph fouled Anam Imo in the penalty area, and Ajibade stepped up to convert from the spot.
Despite other goals scoring opportunities Nigeria and Haiti failed to convert as scores remained 1-0 at the end of first half.
In the second half, Haiti dominated play as Nigeria played catch up. The Falconets have goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie to thank for her saves all through the contest as their opponents were keen to make up for their first group game defeat by China.
However, Nnadozie continued to stop the much hungry Haitians with fantastic saves to ensure she kept a clean sheet against the debutants.
After 90 minutes of football Falconets held on to claim their first win of the U-20 Women's World Cup courtesy of Ajibade's first half spot kick goal as Nnadozie was named player of the match.
The Christopher Danjuma’s ladies now second in Group D log, with three points need at least a draw against China on Monday August 13, to confirm their place in the last eight.
Nigeria are now second in Group D with three points and need at least a draw against China to confirm their place in the last eight.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Nigeria's U20 women national team got their 2018 FIFA U20 women's World Cup off to a losing start in France after losing 1-0 to Germany in their opening Group D encounter.
Stefanie Sanders scored the only goal that gave the 2014 champions all three points after normal regulation period.
After playing a goalless draw in the first half of the game. Maren Meinert's ladies settled down quickly in the game as they created a number of chances earlier in the game but the genius of goalkeeper Nnadozie stopped her side from conceding early.
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