2022 U-17 WWC: Flamingos Beat Germany On Penalties To Claim Bronze
Nigeria’s Flamingos defeated Germany on penalty shootout to pick up the bronze medal at the 2022 U-17 women’s World Cup in India on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
The Flamingos surrendered a 3-0 lead to the Germans but went on to win 3-2 in the shootout.
The Germans missed three of their efforts while the Flamingos saw one of their effort saved.
Opeyemi Ajakaye, Aminat Bello and Edidiong Etim were the scorers for Nigeria while Jella Viet, Paulina Platiner and Loreen Bender netted for the European U-17 champions.
Recall the Germans came from a goal down to beat the Flamingos 2-1 in their opening game in the tournament.
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Germany thought they had taken the lead in the fifth minute but after VAR check the goal was disallowed following a foul on Flamingos keeper Faith Omilana.
In the 20th minute the Flamingos took the lead thanks to Ajakaye who registered her first goal of the tournament.
With two minutes left to play in the first half Flamingos were forced to a change due to injury to Comfort Folorunsho.
In the 48th minute Bello doubled the Flamingos’ lead after nodding in a corner.
The Flamingos continued to press for more goals and were rewarded on 63 minutes this time off the boot of substitute Etim.
Germany pulled a goal back through Jella Viet in the 73rd minute.
In the 88th minute Platiner got Germany’s second before Bender got the third on 90 minutes.
Meanwhile the final will take place later on Sunday between reigning U-17 women’s champions Spain and Columbia.
By James Agberebi
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