Nigeria upset Spain 2-1 at PNG Football Stadium

​The Spaniards went down to Nigeria 2-1 this afternoon at the PNG Football Stadium, in Port before a crowd of 2,032.

Both teams registered one goals each in the first half of the match.

Spain's midfielder Alba Redonzo scored the first and only goal against Nigeria in the 5th minute.

Nigeria responded with its first goal in the 11th minute which was scored by midfielder Ihuoma Onyebuchi leveling the scores at 1-all.

Going into the second half on equal points, Nigeria put the Spaniads under pressure in the early minutes of the match.

Playing against the breeze, Nigeria started the second half well, attacking the Spaniards but their keeper, Maria Quinones was able to save the goal.

Nigeria kept missing opportunities to score as the Spaniards keeper easily cleared the goals but the crowd kept them going.

"Defense, defense, defense" was echoed by Nigerian fans as the Nigerian keeper saved an impressive attack by Spain in the 64th minute.

A clear opportunity by Nigeria's Rasheedat Ajibade was unfortunately missed in the 69th minute finding the outside corner of  thenet after Spain's keeper, Quinones ran out.

Nigeria's captain and player of the match Chinwendu Ihezuuo came back in the 72nd minute with a goal after the Spanish keeper was drawn out, before slotting the ball into the net and putting her team in front  2-1, for the first time in the match.

A good combination by Nigeria's Ihezuo and Aminat Yakubu in the  74th minute almost saw another goal.

But Penalties were easily given away by Nigeria after the water break as the game turned aggressive against their opponents.

Nigeria midfielder Chinaza Uchendu kept clearing out balls from the Spanish attack.

The 2014 Fifa U-20 Women's runner up managed to hold off Spain with their one point lead winning the match 2-1.

Sally Pokiton