U-20 WWC: Falconets defy heavy rain to beat France
In their opening Group C match of the U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday morning, Nigeria's Falconets defeated France 1-0.
The winning goal was scored five minutes from time by Flourish Sabastine.
In the opening exchanges, both teams engaged in fierce competition. France's captain Laurina Fraiser created the first significant opportunity after 10 minutes.
Due to heavy rain, center referee Francia Gonzalez called time on the game in the 20th minute.
For the remainder of the first half, France put the Falconets' defense under pressure, but their aim let them down.
Esther Onyenezide attempted a long left-foot shot in the 54th minute, but the French goalkeeper made a strong save.
On the 58th minute, Mercy Idoko for the Falconets had a great opportunity, but the French goalkeeper stopped her.
France had a goal chalked off for offside nine minutes from time after the referee consulted VAR.
Sabastine fired home the winning goal five minutes from time after she teed up a delightful pass from Mercy Idoko.
Chris Danjuma’s side will take on Korea Republic in their next Group C game on Sunday night.
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