Falconets Nigeria out of U-20 World Cup but we are still proud of them

Having lost heavily in their opening game, 6-0 to Japan they bounced back to beat Canada 3-1 before their 2-1 win over Spain.

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Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo (left) play Falconets could not progress to the knock-out round despite beating Spain to get six points (Getty Images )
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The Falconets of Nigeria crashed out of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with their heads high.

Nigeria's U-20 Women's team beat Spain 2-1 in their last Group B game at the PNG Football Stadium on Sunday, November 20.

Having lost heavily in their opening game, 6-0 to Japan the Falconets bounced back to beat Canada 3-1 before their 2-1 win over Spain.

Chinaza Love Uchendu and Andrea Sanchez play Chinaza Love Uchendu of Nigeria tries to tackle Andrea Sanchez Falcon of Spain (Getty Images )

 

Ihuoma Onyebuchi and Chinwendu Ihezuo scored on both halves after after Alba Redondo had given the European side the lead.

The Falconets needed a heavy win and a favorable result in the other Group B game between Japan and Canada to progress to the other round.

But it was the Spaniards that got the lead through Redondo who finished up a ball from Maria Caldentey and Nahikari Garcia.

Alba Maria Redondo Ferrer play Alba Maria Redondo Ferrer of Spain celebrates (Getty Images)

 

Onyebuchi equalised for Nigeria firing inside the penalty area after Charity Reuben nodded down a corner.

Ihezuo put Nigeria in the lead after the restart, heading a long ball past Spanish defenders,  Carmen Menayo and Marta Cazalla before firing home a left-footed effort.

The Falconets were reduced to 10 players after Glory Ogbonna received the marching order from a second yellow card.

Falconets play Falconets celebrate (Getty Images)

 

The game ended 2-1 but the Falconets with six points-same as Spain and Japan- could not progress as they finished third in Group B due to goal difference.

After a heavy defeat in their opening game, the Falconets showed strength and determination to get six points from wins against Canada and Spain.

Falconets play Falconets finish third in Group B due to goal difference (FIFA)

 

While we are disappointed that the Falconets are out of the U-20 World Cup, we still have to be proud of them.

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