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The U-20 women team of Nigeria, the Falconets opened their World Cup encounter in France with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Germany, making it the third time they fell at the hands of the three times World Champions

The opening minutes of the game was scrappy as both teams failed to string good passes from the middle. Germany came close twice before the break but were denied by Chiamaka Nnadozie who was outstanding in the encounter. In the second half, Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo also had chances but were denied by Vanessa Fischer.

Nnadozie made seven good saves to keep the German side at bay during the encounter but she could not stop Sanders from breaking the deadlock with 20 minutes left to play.

The unlucky Super Falconets had a chance to restore parity shortly after going down by a goal but Anam Imo was denied by the upright. She also came close to drawing level with a header in the final seconds of the game but her attempt was saved by Fischer.

The Falconets will look to redeem themselves when they face Haiti at the same venue on Thursday, 9th August.

Their final Group C game is against China at the Léhon’s Stade de Clos Gastel stadium on Monday, 13th August.

Source: Complete Sports

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