Olowookere Bankole and his team are in the history books after Nigeria vs Germany match. They are now the first woman U-17 team from their Country to win a medal. After their heartbreaking loss in the semis, the Nigerian team turned up with all in the bronze medal match against Germany. Although the Germans were all over Nigeria in the first few minutes, Nigeria scored a goal from nowhere. It was Ajakaye who scored from a counter-attack to give Nigeria a lead. After the second half, the German defence looked a bit out of place as Edidiong Etim found the net for Nigeria. All of a sudden the Nigerian team were 3-0 up in the match and was just an inch away from the Bronze medal.
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However, the Germans had a different plan. Captain Jella Veit scored in the 73rd minute. Then, Paulina scored in the 85th minute to make it 3-2 for the Nigerian. In the 90th minute, a stunner from the substitute Laureen took the game to the penalties. Nigerian goalkeeper Faith saved one from Paulina and Jella Veit shoot it over the bar to hand the bronze medal to Nigeria. Check out the full match report of the Nigeria vs Germany match in our LIVE Blog.
Match: Third-place match, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, 2022
Time: 4.30 pm
Ground: DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
How to watch: You can watch the LIVE on the FIFA+ app, Voot Select and Sports18 Network in India.
Who said what before the match
Bankole Olowookere, head coach, Nigeria U-17 Women’s team: “We are talking to the players as parents. We played six matches before reaching here. I am very proud of the girls. We will put more effort tomorrow.”
Friederike Kromp, head coach, Germany U-27 Women’s team: “It is always about winning and losing together. We stay strong as a team. Being the third-best team in the world will be a cool achievement also.”
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Nigeria (4-4-2): Faith (GK), Miracle Usani, Mary Aderemi, Tumininu, Shakirat, Amina Bello, Blessing Emmanuel (C), Taiwo Afolabi, Chidera Okenwa, Comfort, Opeyemi Ajakaye
Germany (4-1-2-3): Eve Boettecher (GK), Amaleen, Emily, Jella Veit (C), Mathilde, Mara Alber, Paulina, Marie Steiner, Alara Sehilter, Svea Stoldt, Laura Glonning.
Score: Nigeria 3-3 Germany
Kick-off: Both teams are ready. And, here we go!
1′ | Long range shot from Amina Bello but straight into the hands of Germany’s goalkeeper Eve.
4′ | GOOOOALLLL! Germany leads 1-0! Steiner gets the last touch on the ball from Laura Glonning from the right.
VAR cancels the gaol. Mara Alber was found guilty of fouling Faith, the Nigerian goalkeeper.
11′ | Janzen’s shot hits the bar. A few yards from outside the box and Janzen nearly scored the first goal of the match.
14′ | Steiner nearly had found herself in scoring position. Comfort was there to stop her for Nigeria.
20′ | GOOOOALLLLLLLL! Nigeria leads against the run of play. Germany was looking for off-side and Ajakaye takes advantage of that and Eve could not stop that shot from her. Nigeria 1-0 Germany.
21′ | Amina Bello hits the crossbar. Nigeria suddenly looking more confident in the attack.
25′ | Paulina Platner with a shot from outside the box. But, Faith was ready for that. First shot on target from Germany.
27′ | Cross from Mara was not gripped well by Faith and nearly Germany had another chance. Adeshina saves the mistake from Faith.
30′ | Not a good sign for the game. Comfort is seriously injured and is replaced by Blessing Sunday.
35′ | Despite Germany looking the better team, somehow, Nigeria has managed to put a defender behind every German forwards.
38′ | Blessing Sunday nearly scored an own goal. Faith Omilana stops it and meanwhile gets injured.
43′ | Germany creating lots of buildups but they are lacking a proper finish to make a comeback in the game.
45+8′ | Blunder of a miss by Paulina. What a chance for Chidera Okenwa. Eve Boettcher gets the better of her and makes an important save. Nigeria could have been 2-0 up in the stroke of half-time.
Half-time: Nigeria 1-0 Germany
46′ | Melina Kruger comes in for Alara Sehitler.
48′ | GOALLLLL for Nigeria. Amina Bello from Nigeria heads the freely in the box from a corner by Usani Miracle. Nigeria 2-0 Germany.
62′ | GOOOALLLLLLL! Nigeria is all over Germany here. What a volley from Edidiong Etim. Shoots from the middle of the box and they lead by 3-0 now. Etim comes from the bench and scores the goal that might give her country the first-ever World Cup medal. She is only 15!
68′ | Nearly the fourth one for Nigeria. Deflection from Etim nearly went in. Ajakaye’s pace is too much for the German defence.
70′ | Jella Veit’s header hits the cross bar. Certainly not the day for Germany.
73′ | GOOOALLLLLL! Captain Jella Veit does not miss this time. Another brilliant free-kick from Mara Alber and the captain delivers. We have got a match in our hands. Nigeria 3-1 Germany.
81′ | Mara Alber has been trying hard. But, she alone can not do anything for the German team. They need a goal and a quick one.
85’ | Another German goal gets cancelled by offside. But the VAR gives it to the Germans. 3-2!
90+ 1’| Laureeennnnn Brender scores for Germany! It’s 3-3 for Germany!
Nigeria wins the bronze medal. They defeats Germany by 6-5 in the penalties.
Jella Veit and Paulina Bartz missed their penalties for Germany. Sunday, Etim and Ajakaye scored for Nigeria to make it 6-5 for them.