Peter Dedevbo’s ladies need a draw in their last group game to book a place to the next round of the Fifa Women’s U20 World Cup in Canada
Nigeria U20 women national team defeated Korea Republic 2-1 in their second group game of the ongoing Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Goals from Courtney Dike and Chiwendu Ihezuo were all the Falconets needed to get past the Asians that attempted a comeback though Kim Soyi in the second half.
Dike took advantage of a lack luster defending from Jong Songchon’s ladies to get the curtain raiser of the game after 12 seconds, the fastest goal in the history of FIFA women’s tournaments.
Nigeria failed to double their advantage in the 14th minute as goalkeeper Min Yukyeong tipped Osarenoma Igbinnovia’s rocket over the bar. Few minutes later, Asisat Oshoala’s cross found Loveth Ayila, who was unmarked in the penalty area. However, her shot hit a defender and spun just wide.
The Asians had their first chance of the first half in the 24th minute when Kim Soyi’s attempted chip over Nigeria goalkeeper Sandra Chiichii went over the bar.
Ihezuo gave Nigeria a two-goal lead ten minutes later through Chinwendu Ihezuo. Ugo Njoku’s cross from the right wing found Ihezuo, who controlled the ball before firing a powerful shot past Minyeong.
On resumption of the second half, the Falconets pressed for more goals but all to no avail. With less that 20 minutes to the end of the game Soyi pulled a goal back for the Koreans as she scored from the edge of the box following a moment of distraction in the Nigerian defence.
With this result, Nigeria now lead Group C with four points from two games and will now face England in their last game on Wednesday at the Commonwealth Stadium in Moncton , needing at least a draw to emerge as group winners.