Nigeria’s Flamingos won their first-ever FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup bronze medals on Sunday in Mumbai after defeating Germany 3-2 in a penalty shootout.
Both teams had played each other in the opening round of the competition, with the Germans coming from behind to win 2-1 in the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.
But this time, after coming back from three goals down, they were unable to secure a winning goal and were unsuccessful at the free-throw line.
The Europeans started off stronger in this third-place match after losing to Cup-holders Spain in Wednesday’s second semi-final due to a late goal.
A pass from Laura Gloning put Marie Steiner’s effort in the back of the net in the fifth minute, but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) rejected it because she was offside.