Spain has beaten the Super Falconets of Nigeria in the quarter-finals on Thursday to book their spot in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 after first-half goals from Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro gave La Rojita.
On an overcast afternoon at the Stade Guy-Piriou in Concarneau, it was Spain that made their early advantage count by breaking the stalemate before the quarter-hour mark through captain Bonmati.
Her fine left-footed shot from the edge of the Falcon’s box gave goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie little chance of stopping them falling behind.
Spain, in the end, doubled their lead before the break, with Guijarro scoring her fifth goal of France 2018 after getting on the end of Maite Oroz’s free-kick into the Nigeria box and scoring from close range.
Having struggled to create much in the first half, the West African side responded with a goal just before the hour mark.
Peace Efih’s forward race saw her pick out Rasheedat Ajibabe on the left flank.
Though they halved their deficit, Nigeria were not able to find an equaliser, as Spain saw out the remainder of the game to reach the last four of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup for the first time.