Korea DPR 2-6 Nigeria: Oshoala Fires Falconets Into Final

Nigeria defeated North Korea 6-2 to reach the final of the Fifa Women’s U-20 World Cup in Moncton on Wednesday.

Asisat Oshoala scored four times to increase her goal tally to seven, while Courtney Dike and Sunday Uchechi added a goal apiece.

The Super Falconets will play the winner of the second last four fixture between Germany and France at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, same venue venue for Sunday’s final.

Oshoala Celebrates With Team-Mate Osarenoma Igbinovia After Scoring Her Fourth Goal of the Fifa U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. Image: Getty Image.
Oshoala Celebrates With Team-Mate Osarenoma Igbinovia After Scoring Her Fourth Goal of the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Image: Getty Image.

Ru Un-Sim and Jon So-Yon got DPR Korea’s consolations- each of the pairs’ third of the tournament. Korea will play for third place, also in Montreal on Sunday.

Aside scoring two of the fastest goals in the history of the U-20 World Cup in Canada, Wednesday’s rout of North Korea is the highest-scoring semi-final ever witnessed at the tournament.

Dike, whose goal against South Korea earlier in the month was adjudged the fastest, continued on that note with another opening goal just over a minute after kick-off. Oshoala released the Oklahoma State University footballer behind defender Chloe Sol-Gyong and the forward neatly slotted the ball inside the far post.

Rivers Angels’ forward Oshoala doubled Nigeria’s lead on 24 minutes, but North Korea’s goal pocher Un-Sim halved her country’s deficit via a solo run inside Falconets’ defence, releasing a powerful shot past goalkeeper Sandra Chiichii into the top corner.

Nigeria maintained a 2-1 lead into the break and increased the tempo of their movement up-front on resumption.

Second-half substitute, Uchechi, again doubled coach Peter Dedevbo side’s lead within a minute of coming on for Dike.

Oshoala tripled her side’s advantage with a terrific shot from 20- yards on the hour mark.

The North Koreans got some bit of leverage when Ugo Njoku handled the ball in the area, allowing So-Yon to convert from 12 yards.

Oshoala, 20, completed her hat-trick in the 68th minute, when she beat Song Kyong-Hui and outpaced goalkeeper Kim Chol-Ok to slot into empty net. She grabbed her fourth five minutes to the dead, tapping home from close range.

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