U-17 World Cup: Edafe Scores To Advance Nigeria To Its First-Ever Semi Finals
The Flamingos of Nigeria advanced on Friday to their first-ever semi final after a 1-1 draw against USA in regulation time thanks to Edafe Omamuso’s winning penalty.
Due to lightning, the game was initially postponed, and players and officials from both teams went back to their dressing rooms DY Patil Stadium.
After numerous attempts by both teams to score and the flamingos to extend their lead, the game ultimately ended in a draw.
10 minutes into the game, USA’s Jackson attempted a long shot but missed the Nigerian goal by a narrow margin.
7 minutes later, the Americans got close once more, but the Nigerian goalkeeper, Faith Omilana saved the day.
Following a VAR review, the Flamingos were awarded a penalty kick after an American fouled Amina Bello inside the box.
Edafe scored the game’s first goal from the penalty spot to put the Flamingos ahead.
Few minutes to the end of the first half the Americans responded after a deflection off Nigeria’s defender, Comfort Folorunsho.
The two teams had no success in extending their leads during the second half of the game, and a straight-up penalty shootout was the next step.
The Flamingos lost one of their penalty kicks, while the Americans lost two as the two teams squared off from the spot.
Nigeria advanced to its first-ever semifinal after Edafe Omamuso scored the game-winning goal on penalties.