Germany came from behind to beat Nigeria’s Flamingos 2-1 in their first game at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda in their Group B match at the ongoing 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.
Miracle Usani put the Flamingos ahead in the 28th minute when she drilled a low shot from a free kick to give Nigeria the lead.
Before the goal, Germany had more possession (60-40) and was threatening in front of the goal. The Flamingos were unsettled in the early minutes of the encounter. Although Opeyemi Ajakaye had come close, hitting the post, Alber had two chances for Germany, first denied by Faith Omilana, and then the German striker headed wide. Omilana also tipped off Janzen’s shot.
However, shortly after the break, Germany found the equaliser after Stoldt got a touch from a cross to bring her team to level.
The German ladies went into the lead, getting in behind the Nigerian defence after the Flamingos failed to mop up their lines. Mara Alber got in and found the perfect spot to beat Faith Omilana.
The Flamingos thus opened their FIFA U 17 World Cup account after losing their 1st Group B game against Germany. They pushed forward in search of a late leveller, but the Germans held firmly to ensure that the Nigerians ended the game in defeat.
Chile leads the group with 3 points after their 3-1 win against New Zealand, while Germany is second with an exact number of points but an inferior goal difference.
Nigeria is placed 3rd with zero points next to opponents, New Zealand, who are fourth. Nigeria will take on The Kiwi girls on Friday. A win is needed to keep their title hopes alive.