England crashes out as Nigeria comeback 2-1 win seals quarterfinal ticket

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Nigeria edged England with a 2-1 comeback win to top the group leaving the Europeans eliminated at the ongoing 2014 Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
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Nigeria have a strong tradition of success at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and they displayed their fortitude by completing a comeback with what proved the winner on the hour mark.

The two teams entered the contest knowing victory would guarantee last-eight qualification, while defeat would mean elimination for England and possibly also for Nigeria.

England opened in perfect fashion scoring in just the fifth minute as Hannah Blundell played a clever through ball for Nikita Parris, who took one touch and then clipped a shot past the advancing Nigeria goalkeeper from the edge of the box.

The African champions drew level in an even contest four minutes before the interval after Loveth Ayila who won the woman-of-the-match award beat her marker with a skilful drag-back and shot powerfully from 25 yards. Goalkeeper Lizzie Durack got a hand to it but could do nothing to prevent the ball hitting the back of the net.

The second half was a tale of two penalties with England’s Bethany Mead firstly missing after Parris was fouled by the goalkeeper.

Within minutes at the other end Asisat Oshoala was brought down after dribbling into the penalty area, before stepping up to convert the resultant spot-kick.

England were saved from going further behind only by the width of the crossbar as Nigeria increasingly gained ascendency necessitating some goalline heroics from Durack, but there was to be no way back.