Falconets were eliminated from the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup on Sunday after a 0-2 loss against The Netherlands due to poor finishing and bad luck.
At their quarterfinal match in Alajuela, Costa Rica, the Falconets were unable to duplicate earlier performances in which they won all three of their games during the group stages.
In Nigeria’s Group C opening match against France, Flourish Sabastine, who had scored the game-winning goal, was unable to capitalize in the seventh minute.
But after escaping on the counterattack, Zera Hulswit slammed a beautiful dipping shot past Omini Oyono to give the Dutch the lead four minutes later.
Sabastine once more broke away and unleashed in the 15th minute, but outstanding goalkeeper Claire Dinkla deftly deflected the ball.
On the half-hour, Deborah Abiodun nearly gave Nigeria the equalizer their efforts merited when she snatched the ball as the Dutch defense became disorganized.
But Chiamaka Okwuchukwu deflected her sinking attempt from 25 meters away after it rattled the crossbar.
Three minutes later, the Dutch increased their lead by two after making another right-side break.
Ziva Henry shoved the ball past Oyono as team captain Oluwatosin Demehin and Omowumi Oshobukola stumbled.
In place of Joy In the 62nd minute, Jerry nearly equalized when the ball from Rofiat Imuran’s cross collided with her head, but it sailed away.
In the second minute of extra time, as Nigeria pushed forward, a Dutch defender handled the ball in the box.
However, Costa Rican official Marianela Araya reversed her own decision to award a penalty kick after consulting the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
A club that had won all three of its games during the group stage, scoring five goals and allowing only one, was eliminated as a result of the loss.
After Spain defeated Mexico 1-0 in the opening quarterfinal match on Saturday, the Netherlands will now play Spain in the first semi-final encounter on Thursday.
Brazil, which defeated Colombia 1-0 on Saturday in the second quarterfinal game, will face the winner of the fourth quarterfinal game between Japan and France, the defending champions.