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Chikwelu inspires Nigeria win

Nigeria saw off a brave fight by New Zealand to win out 3-2 in their Chile 2008 opener in Coquimbo. Rita Chikwelu was the star on the night.

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Substitute(s)

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Coaches

John HERDMAN (ENG)
(NGA) Daniel EVUMENA

Officials

Referee: Tanja HAUSOTT (AUT)Assistant Referee 1: Helen KARO (SWE)Assistant Referee 2: Anna NYSTROM (SWE)Fourth official: Therese SAGNO (GUI)

Statistics

11Shots22
4Corner kicks6
1Yellow cards0
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
50%Possession (%)50%
  • Players of New Zealand celebrate scoring against Nigeria
  • Nigeria's Sarah Michael celebrates scoring against New Zealand
  • Nigeria's Rita Chikwelu scores against New Zealand
  • New Zealand's Ria Percival celebrates scoring against Nigeria
  • FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter attends the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup match between Nigeria and New Zealand
  • Nigeria's Ogonna Chukwudi fights for the ball with New Zealand's Ria Percival
“I’m feeling great because I’ve scored the late winner. What’s happened today makes me very happy. We’re aiming to make it as least as far as the quarter-finals,” Rita Chikwelu, Nigeria player.