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Falconets suffer 1-0 loss against Germany

Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat to Germany in their opening group D match at the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France on Monday.
A goal from Stefanie Sanders after 69 minutes was enough to give the three-times former champions a victory in Saint-Malo.
The Super Falconets’ next group match is against Haiti on Thursday.
Nigeria’s defeat comes a day after Ghana lost their opening game 4-1 to hosts France in Group A.
Emelyne Laurent began the hosts’ scoring spree after just five minutes with Helene Fercocq slotting home to make it 2-0.
Sandra Owusu-Ansah scored Ghana’s only goal in their 4-1 defeat to hosts France on Sunday.
Laurent scored her second – France’s third – in the 31st minute, with Ghana hitting back through Sandra Owusu-Ansah with just over half an hour to go.
Substitute Sandy Baltimore sealed France’s win in stoppage time to make it 4-1 to the tournament hosts.
Ghana next play The Netherlands in Vannes on Wednesday.
There are four groups of four with the top two teams progressing to the quarter-final stage.
Maren Meinert’s team made a successful start to the Women’s U20s World Cup in France, deservedly beating Nigeria 1-0 in their first game of the group stages.
Germany were dominant for large periods of the game but could not capitalise on their chances. Their persistence paid off in the 69th minute when striker Stefanie Sanders bagged the winner giving the three-time U20 world champions their third victory in as many meetings with Nigeria.
Germany initially set the tone in the Stade de Marville being solid at the back and dangerous in attack with early efforts on goal by Stefanie Sanders, as well as a 13th-minute free-kick by Giulia Gwinn. As the first half wore on, the Nigerians grew into the game despite not posing much of an attacking threat. Adebisi Saheed fired well wide with their first attempt in the 31st minute, not troubling goalkeeper Vanessa Fischer.
In the second half, Germany continued to carve out many attacking openings. However, an opponent’s leg was always there to block, Laura Freigang and Sanders being denied early in the second half. When a way was found through the array of bodies, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was there to make the save, most notably against Janina Minge and Lena Oberdorf. However, in the 69th minute the Nigerian number one was powerless as Pawollek’s initial header hit the bar and Sanders was there to prod home the rebound. Nigeria’s biggest chance came in the 72nd minute when Peace Efih hit the post.
The Falconets entered the game with much determination and gusto, with a high level of zeal not to suffer a third loss to the Germans in the competition’s history, but, while Nnadozie ended up as Nigeria’s best player on the field, it was the holders who laughed last on Monday afternoon.
Such it was that three-time world champions Germany went ahead in the 69th minute, when Sanders tucked away a rebound.
Minutes later, Peace Efih saw her goal-bound effort crash against the post with the entire German defence well beaten.
Nonetheless, Nnadozie was outstanding as she pulled off several saves especially in the second half as the Germans piled on the pressure, but Nigeria’s leading goals scorer in the qualifiers, Rasheedat Ajibade could not hit her expected form.
While the Falconets’ next group match is against Haiti on Thursday, their defeat comes a day after Ghana also lost their opening game 4-1 to hosts France in Group A.

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