Nigeria’s female U-20 team hope of reaching the semifinal of the France 2018 FIFA U-20 Women World Cup came to an end with the European side defeating Nigeria 2-1 to progress to the last four.
The Falconets managed to progress to the quarterfinal stage with a draw, one loss and a win in their three group stage games, while Spain finished comfortably of their group after two wins and a draw.
The game started at a high pace with both sides creating chances and working hard to register a goal, but it was Sain who first broke the deadlock with Aitana Bonmatí Conca converting a penalty in the 13th minute to put the European side ahead.
Falconets star player Rasheedat Ajibade tried severally to restore the hope of her side by registering a goal, but her efforts proved abortive but it was Spain who eventually continued to heap pressure on Nigeria.
Spain’s consistency paid off and a second goal came before the referee blew the whistle for the half time giving Nigeria a more difficult break to think about before return in the second half.
The Falconets tried to find their feet back in the second half, but they waited till the 57th minutes before Peace Efih got Nigeria’s first and only goal of the match.
The defeat means Nigeria are out of the tournament, while Spain progress to the last four to await the outcome of the result between France and Japan.