The Falconets of Nigeria were knocked out of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Netherlands in their quarter-finals encounter at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto, on Monday morning.
Nigeria came into the game unbeaten as leaders of Group C after piping France and South Korea 1-0, and hammering Canada 3-1, while the Dutch advanced to the knockout stage after finishing as runner-ups in Group D behind Japan.
But it was the Europeans that progressed to the semi-finals as the Falconets were unable to convert despite dominating the match.
The Nigerians nearly got an opportunity to take an early after Flourish Sabastine was brought down inside the Dutch box in the 9th minute, but the centre referee overlooked appeals for a penalty.
Netherlands took the lead in the 12th minute through Zera Hilswit’s strike.
Ziva Henry doubled the Dutch lead in the 33rd minute off Falconets skipper, Blessing Demehin’s blunder.
The West Africans continued to push for goals throughout the game but were denied by the strong defence of their European counterparts.
Omowumi Oshobukola won a penalty for Nigeria in added time but the centre referee overturned her penalty decision after a VAR review.
The Chris Danjuma’s side are expected back to the country later in the week.