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Wasteful Falcons lose to Germany

Precious Dede
Dede made some good saves, as did her German counterpart
Nigeria dominated the match but were beaten 1-0 by world champions Germany in their second group game of the Olympics women's football tournament.

The Super Falcons now have only a slim chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

They must beat Brazil on Tuesday to have any chance of going through as one of the two best third-placed teams.

Defender Kerstin Stegemann scored from close range in the 64th minute for Germany in Saturday's match at the Shenyang Olympic Stadium.

But Nigeria had some of the best scoring opportunities, and goalkeeper Nadine Angerer had to make several great saves to keep Germany in the game.

Striker Cynthia Uwak almost put Nigeria ahead after a great run in first-half injury time, but Angerer raced off her line just in time to grab the ball from Uwak's feet.

Midfielder Sarah Michael had a similar chance for the Nigerians in the 55th, entering the area with only Angerer to beat, but the goalkeeper made a fine save.

Three-time World Player of the Year Birgit Prinz threatened sporadically for Germany, but it was only after Stegemann's goal that Germany were able to take control of the match.

Anya Mittag had a couple of good opportunities stopped by Nigeria goalkeeper Precious Dede.

Today we played better and yet we lost again

Nigeria coach Jossy Lad

After having lost 1-0 to North Korea in their opening game, and by the same scoreline to Germany, Super Falcons coach Jossy Lad feels that his team has been unfortunate.

"We played well against Korea and lost due to bad luck," he said.

"Today we played better and yet we lost again."

Germany coach Silvia Neid acknowledged the level of Nigeria's play.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game, we had to fight our way into the game and it took us a little time to adjust to our opponent," said Neid.

On Tuesday, Germany will play North Korea in Tianjin and Nigeria will face Brazil in Beijing.

Nigeria line-up: Precious Dede, Efioanwan Ekpo, Perpetua Nkwocha, Onome Ebi, Ifeanyi Chiejine (Tawa Ishola 85), Sarah Michael, Rita Chikwelu, Cynthia Uwak (Stella Mbachu 70), Christie George (capt), Faith Ikidi, Ulumma Jerome

Booked: Onome Ebi

Att: 10,000

see also
Norway women book last eight spot
09 Aug 08 |  Football
Difficult task for Super Falcons
04 Aug 08 |  Football

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