Canada 2014: Falconets in Final, Sink Korea DPR 6-2
Nigeria’s Super Falconets have landed in the final after beating their North Korean counterparts in an eight-goal thriller at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women World Cup, Canada 2014.
Falconets’ Courtney Dike continued the trend of scoring early, with a goal barely more than a minute after kick-off before Asisat Oshoala added four goals en route to the Super Falconets’ stunning 6-2 semi-final win against Korea DPR in Moncton.
The win sends the Coach 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 comfortably touched the ball to her right and flipped it into an open goal.
Less than 10 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 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, beating 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 teammates 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.
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