France book last four berth
© Foto-net

Nora Coton Pelagie's late goal earned France a spot in the semi-finals of the FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup Chile 2008, while Nigeria, who led 2-1, head home.

The 12,300 spectators in Coquimbo were treated to a fantastic game of football, which saw the two sides share five goals. The first of these was scored in the second minute when Julie Machart slotted home from close range.

Nigeria were dealt a massive blow in the 12th minute when their first-choice keeper Marbel Egwuenu broke her clavicle and was replaced by substitute Charity John. However, the Africans were boosted a minute later when Ebere Orji netted an equaliser.

Seven minutes before the break, Nigeria went ahead. Tawa Ishola's inch-perfect cross from the right was met at the far post by Joy Jegede who planted a header past Meline Gerard.

Stephane Pilard's half-time team talk paid dividends just four minutes after the restart when Coton Pelagie's cross was headed home by Eugenie Le Sommer for her fourth goal of the tournament.

The next goal proved to be the decider - and it came with just two minutes remaining. Coton Pelagie turned from being provider from goalscorer when she smashed a ferocious 20-yard shot into the top corner of the net.