Monday, 19th July 2010
Nigeria beat Japan in Women's World Cup
The Nigeria under-20 women's squad have beaten the Japanese in the Women's World Cup, which is being held in Germany.
Nicknamed the Falconets, the team beat the Asian side 2-1 in the second Group C match of the tournament and are now top of the group, which also includes Mexico and England.
The goals were scored by Amarachi Okoronkwo and Desire Oparanozie, with both goals hitting the back of the net at the start of the first half. The first goal crossed the line just six minutes into the game and the second went in 11 minutes later.
In the group stages so far, Japan have taken on Mexico and drawn 3-3. The squad's next fixture will be against England at the Bielefeld stadium.
In the men's FIFA World Cup, which came to an end a week ago, Japan were in Group E alongside Cameroon, Denmark and the Netherlands. They beat both Cameroon and Denmark in the group stages to progress to the second round.
Written by Kimberley Homer.
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