Nigeria’s U-20 girls, Falconets were unable to break the German jinx as they lost 1-0 to the 2010 and 2014 champions in their Group D opener clash, yesterday in Saint Malo, France.
Stefanie Sanders fired in from close range in the 70th minute after the Falconets failed to clear their stance from a corner kick. The Falconets had suffered major defeats in the hands of the Germans in 2010 and 2014 finals.
Victory shot the Germans top of the Group D table ahead of the clash between Haiti and China.
The opening minutes of the game was scrappy game as both teams lacked cord good passes from the midfield. Germany made two fantastic shots 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 a good chance to overcome German’s side but were denied by Vanessa Fischer.
Nnadozie made seven brilliant 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 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 would now look to bounce back when they face Haiti at the same venue on Thursday, August 9. Their final Group C game is against China at the Léhon’s Stade de Clos Gastel Stadium on Monday, 13th August.
Speaking after the match, FC Robo striker, Rashidat Ajibade, who was sad about their defeat but admitted that German women are a good side, said she is proud of her teammates’ performance.
Rashidat who took to her verified Twitter handle after the match posted: “Disappointing result today against a good team but feel proud of our team and lots of positives to take into the next game.
Thank you for all the great support. We go again on Thursday!#Togetherwearestronger #RA08 #U20WWC #womeninfootball.”