The United States beat Nigeria 2-0 on Tuesday to advance to the final of the women’s under-20 soccer World Cup,to face defending champion Germany.
Morgan Brian scored in the first half and Kealia Ohai added another after the break as US advanced to the final for the third time,having won the tournament in 2002 and 2008.
It was a difficult match physically,” U.S. coach Steve Swanson said. Nigeria gave us all we could handle and a little more. Getting that first goal was key for us.”
Brian opened the scoring with a header in the 22nd minute and Ohai doubled the lead in the 70th,taking a through ball from Samantha Mewis and beating Nigeria’s goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte with a right-foot shot from 12 meters (yards).