Under-20 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria and Ghana lose opening games

Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat to Germany in their opening group D match at the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France on Monday.

A goal from Stefanie Sanders after 69 minutes was enough to give the three-times former champions a victory in Saint-Malo.

The Super Falconets’ next group match is against Haiti on Thursday.

Nigeria’s defeat comes a day after Ghana lost their opening game 4-1 to hosts France in Group A.

Emelyne Laurent began the hosts’ scoring spree after just five minutes with Helene Fercocq slotting home to make it 2-0.

Laurent scored her second – France’s third – in the 31st minute, with Ghana hitting back through Sandra Owusu-Ansah with just over half an hour to go.

Substitute Sandy Baltimore sealed France’s win in stoppage time to make it 4-1 to the tournament hosts.

Ghana next play The Netherlands in Vannes on Wednesday.

There are four groups of four with the top two teams progressing to the quarter-final stage.


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