U-20 WWC Openers: Nigeria and Ghana Lose

Nigeria lost by 1-0 to Germany in their opening Group D fixture at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in France on Monday.

A goal from Stefanie Sanders after 69 minutes was all It took for the three-times former champions to secure a victory in Saint-Malo.

The Super Falconets' next group game is with Haiti on Thursday.

Nigeria's defeat comes a day after Ghana lost their opening match 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 left.

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

Ghana's next game is against The Netherlands in Vannes on Wednesday.

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

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