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World Cup: Falconets Defy Downpour To Defeat France In Opening Game

World Cup: Falconets Defy Downpour To Defeat France In Opening Game

Nigeria’s Falconets defied the heavy rain in San Jose to beat the Little Blues of France in their opening game at the 2022 U-20 Women’s World Cup.

In form, Sabastine Flourish finished off coolly in the 85th minute to hand Nigeria the one-nil victory over a stubborn French side at San Jose, Costa Rica.

Coach Chris Danjuma’s side began the game on a fine note and caused some panic for the Europeans amid the rains which poured harder on the pitch, causing poor visibility for the players and match officials. Centre referee Francia Gonzales was then forced to stop play in the 20th minute due to the weather conditions. The game was, however, restarted after one hour.

Less than ten minutes after the restart, the French side had to head off the ball from the goal as the Falconets continued to surge forward. While no side was able to score in the first half, the second half was an even stiffer competition.

Sabastine Flourish scored the only goal as the Falconets defeated France in their opening game of the 2022 U-20 FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica on August 12, 2022. Credit: FIFA
Sabastine Flourish scored the only goal as the Falconets defeated France in their opening game of the 2022 U-20 FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica on August 12, 2022. Credit: FIFA

Both teams defended and attacked with resoluteness in the quest for the opening goal. France were to benefit from a goalmouth scramble in the 80th minute. Substitute Jade Nassi’s goal after a corner kick from the European did not, however, count after it was overruled by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for a foul on the Nigerian goalkeeper Oyoyo Omini.

As the game flowed from end to end and both sides looking for a late goal, the 2014 runners-up took the lead with just five minutes to normal time. Flourish, who was the highest goalscorer in the African qualification series, finished off a defence-splitting pass from Mercy Idoko to send the ball past goalkeeper Marie-Morgane Sieber.

With the win, a victory over Korea DPR in Nigeria’s second match on Sunday will guarantee the Africans a slot in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Nigeria were runners-up in 2010 and 2014. Photo: Twitter@FIFAWWC

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Sivasspor Injury: Ahmed Musa Completes Surgery

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain and Sivasspor winger, Ahmed Musa has confirmed he has undergone successful surgery to repair his left arm.

The 29-year-old picked up an injury while featuring for Sivasspor in a 2-1 Turkish Super Lig defeat against Ankaragucu at Eryaman Stadyumu on September 18.

The Nigerian attacker announced this on  Instagram on Wednesday, adding that he hoped to return to action soon

Sharing photos from his hospital bed with doctors standing beside him; he wrote:

“I just want to express my heartfelt appreciation to Allah for a successful surgery on my left arm.

” As we all know, no surgery is too minor so I am grateful for the competent doctors assigned to me for a job well done.”

“Also to you all, for your messages, prayers and words of encouragement.

” I hope to be back on the field soon stronger and absolutely better. Thanks everyone. @sivasspor.”

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Brazilian International, Richarlison Calls For Stronger Punishment Against Racism

Unless stronger punishment are handed out to culprits, racism in football would continue unabated.

Tottenham forward Richarlison de Andrade, stated this after a banana was thrown at him in the 19th minute of the friendly match between Brazil and Tunisia in Paris, on Tuesday.

The player, who ran towards the corner flag to celebrate scoring his side’s second goal in the 5-1 win at Parc des Princes, was stoned from the crowd.

Footage showed Manchester United midfielder, Fred, kicking the banana away, while other objects were also thrown onto the pitch.

Translated from Portuguese, Richarlison posted on Twitter after the match saying, “As long as they stay ‘blah blah blah’ and don’t punish, it’s going to continue like this, happening every day and everywhere. No time bro!”

The 25-year-old received plenty of messages of support on social media, including from former clubs America Mineiro and Fluminense.

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Algeria Defeat Eagles 2 – 1 In Friendly

The Desert Foxes of Algeria defeated the Nigerian national team, Super Eagles 2 -1  in a friendly match on Tuesday.

Nigeria surrendered an early game lead and got punished by the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria.

The team took the lead in the 8th minute after the ball bounced awkwardly into the path of Terem Moffi right in front of the Algeria goal mouth. The FC Lorient striker toed the ball home to send the Eagles ahead.

The pressure paid off for Algeria in the 40th minute. Ramy Bensebaini reacted quickest to a rebound off a shot, and Onyeka dived into a tackle only to take the Algerian down.

Mahrez sent Uzoho the wrong way from the resultant penalty.

Desert Foxes completed the comeback in the 60th minute after Uzoho punched a corner kick and a couple of passes set it nicely for Youcef Attal, who sent 35-yard piledriver flying into the left bottom corner.

The result means Peseiro has lost three of his six games as Nigeria’s coach. The first two defeats were against Mexico and Ecuador.

Nigeria will play Portugal next in an international friendly billed for November 17.

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