Falconets lose 2-1, bow out of W’Cup

Spain  defeated Nigeria 2-1 to  land in  the semifinals of the  2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France  on Thursday.

 First-half goals from Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro  helped the Europeans  to the last four of the  tournament at the Stade Guy-Piriou in Concarneau in western France.

La Rojita  made their early advantage count by breaking the deadlock before the quarter-hour mark through captain Bonmati, according to FIFA.com.

Her fine left-footed shot from the edge of the  Falconets’  box gave goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie little chance of preventing them falling behind.

Bonmati nearly had a second with a free-kick that struck the underside of the Nigerian crossbar and bounced away to safety, while Eva Navarro forced a point blank save from Nnadozie moments later.

Spain eventually doubled their lead before the break, with Guijarro scoring her fifth goal of France 2018 after getting on the end of Maite Oroz’s free-kick into the West African side’s box and scoring from close range.

Having struggled to create much in the first half, the Super Falconets responded with a goal just before the hour mark. Peace Efih’s forward run saw her pick out Rasheedat Ajibabe on the left. Her low shot forced a diving Catalina Coll to direct the ball into the path of an unmarked Efih, who duly converted into an empty Spanish goal.

Though they halved their deficit, Nigeria were unable to find an equaliser, as Spain saw out the remainder of the contest to reach the last four of this competition for the first time.

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