Nigeria’s Flamingos beat US, reach first-ever world up semi-final

Nigeria’s Flamingos on Friday reached their first-ever semi-final at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup by beating the USA.

The Flamingos won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes of regulation time.

Coming into the game, the Americans were tipped as the favourites but Onamuzo Edafe gave Nigeria the lead just after 25 minutes. A VAR review had confirmed a foul on Amina Bello with the referee wasting no time in pointing to the spot.

The Americans pilled pressure on the Nigerians and were rewarded just before half-time. They equalized in the 40th minute through Amalia Martina Villarreal’s strike.

Both teams started the second half trying to get a second goal with the US dominating much of the encounter. But it never came resulting in a penalty shootout to decide who goes into the semi-final.

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Nigeria will now play the winner of the game (holding on Saturday) between Colombia and Tanzania on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022.


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