Falconets, Korea battle for Q/final ticket

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Shock winners over European champions France Falconets face another tough test Sunday night when they tackle Group C leaders Korea Republic in continuation of the U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

The Falconets got off to a winning start Thursday morning with a heart-warming 1-0 win over highly-rated France.

However, Korea shot to the top of the group when they beat Canada 2-0.

Nigeria’s match-winner against France was 18-year-old Bayelsa Queens striker Flourish Sebastine, who was deservedly named Woman of the Match.

Besides a well-taken goal, she looked like a really top-class finisher with a great all-around game of guile, movement and poise.

Sebastine knows her way to goal having netted seven goals in a qualifying series that the Falconets raced through to reach Costa Rica in super style.


She will therefore be the player to watch by the Koreans, but in midfielder Mercy Idoko, who threaded the through ball for Sebastine to make hay, Nigeria also have another exciting talent.

The Falconets’ defense led by skipper Tosin Demehin have to step up as they were only left the hook when VAR disallowed France’s goal for an infringement.

Victory on Sunday night will lift Nigeria to the knockout rounds of the World Cup even before a final group game against Canada Wednesday.