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#U20 Women’s World Cup: Nigerian Falconets Crash Out.

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Nigeria women’s U-20 football team, the Falconets, on Monday morning, August 22, 2022, have crashed out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after losing to the Netherlands in their quarterfinal game.

The Falconets took their chances well in the group stage to win all three matches, but they were wasteful in front of goal when it mattered most.

The confident-playing Dutch girls opened scoring in the 12th minute, before they doubled their lead in the 33rd minute thanks to poor defending by skipper Tosin Demehin.

Earlier in the game, Nigeria was denied a penalty after Flourish Sabastine was brought down in the box.

In the 93rd minute the Falconets were awarded a penalty for handball but after a VAR review, the decision was overturned.

The last time the Falconets made it to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup was at the 2014 edition in Canada.

The Netherlands will now be making their first-ever semifinal appearance in the history of the competition as they advance to face Spain in the last four.

The Netherlands be meeting Spain on Thursday in the first semi-final fixture, after the European side beat Mexico 1-0 in the first quarter-final match on Saturday.

Brazil who also won 1-0 against Colombia on Saturday in the second quarter-final match will be playing defending champions Japan who won 5-3 in a penalty shootout against France.

This is coming barely twenty-four hours after the duo of Kamaru Usman and Antony Joshua lost their matches in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Heavyweight Boxing respectively.

Anthony Joshua on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia was defeated by Usyk for the second time and failed to reclaim the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO world heavyweight titles.

Also, shockingly, Nigerian-American mixed martial artist, Kamaru Usman lost his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title to Leon Edwards hours after Anthony Joshua was defeated in a heavyweight boxing clash.

Leon Edwards knocked out Kamaru who is otherwise known as ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ at the UFC 278th event at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, the USA on Sunday morning, August 21, 2022, to become Britain’s second-ever UFC champion.

Seven years ago, Usman outpointed Edwards as part of what became a 19-fight win streak for the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’, earning him the title of UFC’s pound-for-pound king.

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