Nigeria has qualified for the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in a 3-0 victory over Columbia. Chinwendu Ihezuo went close early on, her bullet header going just wide as she aimed to improve on her tally of six at Azerbaijan 2012. However they had to wait until the 32nd minute to open the scoring, Ihezuo feeding Ayinde to slot beneath Lissa Cardozo.
Nigeria were being limited to few chances despite dominating
possession, but last-ditch tackles and blocks were keeping Colombia in
it. Maldonado almost swung things back on level terms though, with her
looping free-kick from 40 yards crashing off the crossbar on 50 minutes,
only for Gift Andy to recover and prevent Marcela Restrepo tapping in.
Moments later Tessy Biahwo then struck a decent free-kick of her own,
but Cardozo was equal to it. Nigeria then had the ball in the net 15
minutes into the second period, but it was ruled out for a foul after
Cardozo spilled a cross. Captain Dayana Castillo almost drew Colombia level after breaking
clear, only for Andy to deny her and seconds later, they were two down.
Substitute Yetunde Adeboyejo combining well with Ayinde before the
latter stroked the ball in off the bar.