Falconets Nigeria beat Canada 3-1 in U-20 World Cup

Falconets beat Canada with goals from Chinasa Uchendu, Joy Bokiri and Chinwendu Ihezuo.

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Falconets beat Canada with goals from Chinasa Uchendu, Joy Bokiri and Chinwendu Ihezuo.

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After taking the beating of their lives in the opening game of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the Falconets have bounced back with a 3-1 win over Canada.

The Falconets were thrashed 6-0 by Japan in the opening game on Sunday, November 13.

Falconets at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup play Falconets get their U-20 World Cup campaign on track with a 3-1 win over Canada (Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

 

In their second game, however, the Falconets kept their World Cup hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Canada courtesy of goals from Chinasa Uchendu, Joy Bokiri and Chinwendu Ihezuo.

In the match played at the Bava Park, the Falconets went behind to Canada in the 15th minute when Gabrielle Carle fired past Nigerian goalkeeper.

Gabrielle Carle play Gabrielle Carle celebrates after giving Canada the lead (FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

 

Uchendu fired in Falconets' equalizer from the penalty spot after a Canadanian play handled the ball in the area.

Chinasa Uchendu play Chinasa Uchendu fired Nigeria's equaliser from the penalty spot (Matthew Lewis - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Bokiri gave Nigeria the lead immediately after the restart, rifiling from close range after the Canadian failed to properly clear the ball from their area.

Peter Dedevbo's girls extended their lead in the 73rd minute though Ihezuo who capitalised on a mistake by the goalkeeper Foster to tap the ball into an empty net.

This win takes Nigeria to third to goal difference and will face Group B table-toppers, Spain on Sunday, November 20 while Canada face Japan on that same day.

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