U17WWC: Losing start for Nigeria’s Falmingos

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Nigeria lost 2-1 to Germany in the first group stage match at the Women Under 17 World Cup in India.

The match was actioned packed as both teams traded blows for much of the first half but it was Nigeria that drew first blood.

Miracle Usani’s low free-kick drive beat the German goalkeeper to put Nigeria ahead in the 29th minute.

The Flamingos went into the break ahead, but tactical tweaks by coach Bankole Olowookere seemed to have an adverse effect on the team’s balance.

Olowookere brought on Amina Bello for Taiwo Afolabi and replaced Captian Alvine Dah-Zossu with Bisola Mosaku in the hope that his team will contain the Germans with an extra midfielder.

However, Germany began to control proceedings and kept sending waves of attack, Tumini Adeshina was left exposed as the European Champions ruthlessly exploited the right flank.

In no time the goals soon arrived and just barely four minutes after the restart Germany got the equaliser Svea Stoldt coolly converted from a whipped cross from the flank.

Mara Alber also got on the score sheet as the Hoffenheim player converted the second for Germany.

Victory on Tuesday, moved the Europeans level on points with group Opponent Chile, who had earlier beaten New Zealand 3-1.

Next up for Nigeria is a must win game against New Zealand on October 14.

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