Posted on August 30, 2012
TOKYO — Mexico was eliminated from the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup as it was beaten in extratime by Nigeria, 1-0, in a quarterfinal encounter on Thursday.
Desire Oparanozien tallied the decisive goal as she put in Ugo Njoku’s cross in the 109th minute at Tokyo’s National Stadium.
The Nigerians, was finished second at the 2010 tournament, will take on the winner of Friday’s quarterfinal between the United States and North Korea on Tuesday.
The Mexicans had an opportunity to take the lead, but Yamile Franco hit the crossbar with an angled free kick in the first period of extra time.
“Even if I acknowledge the good quality of Nigeria, losing this way is very difficult,” coach Leonardo Cuellar told FIFA.com. “We showed that we could compete at the same level, and we even played better than them in some parts of the game.”
“My first speech in the locker room will be to tell them how proud I am of them. How the country and all the people who watched them in the stadium are proud of them. This is not an end, but only a new part of their training on their way to the highest level. This is a good sports education and it will help us to improve.”
Categories: Mexico, North America
Tags: FIFA Under-20 women's World Cup, FIFA.com, Leonardo Cuellar