Rasheedat Ajibade’s last minute tap-in ensured Nigeria’s Falconets extended their stay in France after the team secured an important 1-1 draw to book their place in the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2018 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Falconets were dominant for the most part of the game but failed severally to convert their chances, registering 7 shots on target after making 13 attempts at goal.
China’s breakthrough, however, came four minutes before half-time, as the diminutive Linyan Zhang turned her Nigerian marker in the box and stroked the ball past a diving Chiamaka Nnadozie to give the Asians the lead at the break.
The Super Falconets pushed hard in search of an equalizer in the second half but found the China backline and goalkeeper Huan Xu in resilient form until the end of the contest.
Ajibade became Nigeria’s hero when she turned home Aishat Bello’s cross at the near post. The goal sparked celebrations from the West Africans at the full-time whistle.
Germany topped Group D with 9 points, Nigeria with 4 points and a better goal difference sailing through at the expense of China PR who also have the same number of points but a lesser number in goal difference.