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U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Oshoala’s Magic Powers Falconets into Final


As Nigeria Massacres North Korea 6-2 in

Asisat Oshoala single-handedly powered Nigeria
into the final of the ongoing FIFA Under-20
Women’s World Cup in Moncton, Canada last
night, scoring four going and two assists in
Falconets’ 6-2 demolition of North Korea.
Nigeria will on Sunday play the winner of the
Germany versus France that was on as at press
time last night. If the Germans emerge
victorious, it will be a repeat of the 2010
edition that the Falconets finished as runners-
Despite Oshoala’s brilliant form of the night, it
was USA-based Courtney Dike who got the
opener to continue to her fastest goal trend of
the competition in less than a minute of the
kick off.
Oshoala added four goals en route to the Super
Falconets’ stunning 6-2 semi-final win against
Korea DPR.
The win sends Peter Dedevbo’s side into the
final in Montreal on Sunday, while Korea DPR
will also make the trip west to compete in the
play-off for third place.
The North Koreans managed to keep the match
within reach throughout the first half, despite
Dike’s early strike, before the Nigerians ran
away with the result in the second period.
Oshoala set up Dike for the opening goal,
sending her in behind Korea DPR’s captain
Choe Sol-Gyong, and the No8 expertly picked
out the far post beating the outstretched Kim
Chol-Ok to establish the early lead.
At the half-way point of the first period
Oshoala doubled Nigeria’s lead, capitalising on
a poor touch from centre-back Song Kyong-Hui.
Having only the keeper to beat, Oshoala
comfortable touched the ball to her right and
passed it into an open goal.
Less than ten minutes later, Ri Un Sim –
arguably the North Koreans’ most dangerous
attacker throughout the tournament – pulled
one back with a great bit of individual skill after
receiving a long ball from midfield. Ri beat two
defenders on the cutback and finished past
Sandra Chiichii with a powerful shot into the
top corner. From there, Korea DPR looked
inspired in search of an equaliser but the score
remained 2-1 as the teams went into half-time
and Nigeria swiftly put the game out of reach
only minutes after the restart.
In similar fashion to her appearance and goal
in the quarter-finals against New Zealand,
Uchechi Sunday came on as a substitute and
within a minute scored to restore the Nigerians’
two-goal lead. Oshoala then put the game out
of reach on the hour mark when she hit a
stunning ball from 20 yards out that left Kim
with no chance as it flew into the top corner.
Korea DPR had one last glimmer of hope two
minutes later when Ugo Njoku was handled the
ball in her own area, allowing Jon So-Yon to
score from the penalty spot. However,
Oshoala’s quality shone through yet again in
the 68th minute when she completed her hat-
trick in hat-trick, beating the Song and winning
a foot race with Kim to once more fire into an
empty net.
Nigeria were not finished there, though, and
with five minutes from time the No4 matched
the number on her jersey with the amount of
goals she would score on the day as a result of
another North Korean defensive miscue less
than six yards from goal, resulting in a simple
tap-in for Oshoala.
Oshoala had taken the wind out of the Korean
sails far earlier in the match and when the final
whistle sounded, her Nigerian team-mates
surrounded her in celebration while the Hwang
Yong-Bong’s side walked off the field knowing
they will be heading to Montreal to battle for
third place instead of the championship.

_This Day Live.

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