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The Final: Nigeria Vs Germany, Montreal, 24 August 2014, 12am Monday(Nig. time)

The Final: Nigeria Vs Germany, Montreal, 24 August 2014, 12am Monday(Nig. time)

Nigeria’s 6-2 defeat of Korea DPR was the biggest win ever seen in the semi-finals of the competition and saw their attacking spearhead Asisat Oshoala become only the third player to score four goals in a match in the history of the competition. The rampant Nigerians have made a habit of scoring early and then overwhelming their rivals with their strength and speed, a winning formula they will be out to repeat against the Germans.

Maren Meinert’s side are a formidable unit, however, and have barely put a foot wrong at Canada 2014. Making the most of their opportunities in front of goal, they saw off a strong France side in the last four and now have their sights set on repeating their 2010 final win on home soil, one that saw the Germans lift the U-20 Women’s World Cup trophy for a second time. To achieve that, they will almost certainly need Meike Kamper to maintain her fine form and blunt the threat posed by the lethal Oshoala.

Play-off for third place: Korea DPR Vs France, Montreal, 24 August 2014, 8pm Sunday (Nig. time)

Buoyed by their victorious campaigns at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 and the UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship Wales 2013, France arrived in Canada full of confidence. But despite turning on the style and creating more chances than their opponents in most of their games, Les Bleuettes became increasingly goal-shy, paying the price for their erratic finishing against the Germans.

Russia 2006 champions Korea DPR will be looking to striker Ri Un-Sim to fire them to third place. Her duel with France centre-half and captain Griedge M’Bock Bathy, herself a potent goal threat, could prove decisive.

Player to watch
Asisat Oshoala is the leading scorer at Canada 2014 with seven goals, four of them having come in the semi-finals. No African player has ever scored more in the history of the tournament, with the player they call Superzee having now moved past compatriots Desire Oparanozie, Ebere Orji and Cynthia Uwak, each of whom scored five goals in their previous appearances in the competition. It goes without saying that the Germans will be keeping a close eye on the free-scoring Falconet.

The stat
10 – Germany have found the back of the net in the last ten minutes in four of their five games at Canada 2014 so far.

The words
“Whenever you score early it always gives you confidence and knocks the opposition off balance. We’re in the final now and we’re not scared of anyone. If you want to win big things, you need to keep your wits about you on the pitch and have a player who can make the difference,” Nigeria coach Peter Dedevbo.

Source: FIFA.com

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 9
  • Friendy Okeke 4 years ago

    Great skills, gr8 girls!

    • I pray dat d good nd mighty god wil empower u grls to overcome d german machines,nd create space 4 those who want to be like u in jesus name Amen,u grls should nt be afraid cos u must come bck wit dat cup

  • Falconets, go show the world what we go in Africa. The sky is limit. With Allah, everything is possible. God bless Nigeria!

  • The Germans will be the real test Nigerians will be facing so far in the competition.
    This is because, they are technically superior to our girls.Haven watched all our games,they will face us with different tactics.So what will our bench do? Let us see if we have the technical bench to match them.

  • Clement Archibong 4 years ago

    Our female players are equal to the tax ahead of them

  • joshua 4 years ago

    D thing is for us. forget germany

  • I pray that the girls take d fight 2 d Germans from the onset. May d good Lord give us victory tomorrow in J N Amen.

  • Bed Opara 4 years ago

    Both teams have done greatly well to have got to the finals of this competition. I pray Nigerian girls carry the cup.