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 Even though heavy rains postponed the start of Group C, the Falconets eventually defeated France

Nigeria's U-20 women's team battled to a 1-0 victory over France in their opening Group C encounter on Friday morning, giving them a winning start at the 10th FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica.

The Falconets, who have finished second in this competition before, overcame torrential downpour, an hour-long delay, and further downpour to overcome France, the best team in Europe, 1-0 in their group opener.

Flourish Sabastine, the Falconets' best scorer in the African qualification tournament, emerged victorious against France with a lone goal in the 85th minute to earn Chris Danjuma's team the maximum three points available.

The weather in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, prevented the fluid football that distinguished the Falconets and their French opponents.

Despite this, Esther Onyenezide, a Falconets midfielder, nonetheless caused fear with a clever free kick just seven minutes into the game in the French team's key area.

The game was called off in the 20th minute by Mexican referee Francia Gonzales because visibility was becoming increasingly difficult for both teams. The rain was still pouring.

It was suspended for exactly one hour.

Magnaba Folquet had to frantically head the ball away from goal eight minutes after the game resumed as Nigeria advanced.

Oluwatosin Demehin, the captain of Nigeria, and Kysha Sylla, a defender for France, were cautioned just two minutes later as the first half came to a close.

Both sides battled much harder in the second half. Goalkeeper Oyono Omini made a crucial stop in the crucial area as France advanced 20 minutes from time after Mercy Idoko misfired at the conclusion of a lovely team move two minutes before the hour mark.

Chiamaka Okwuchukwu, a replacement, was prevented from contributing in the 72nd minute after Flourish Sabastine received a cross into the French goal area.

Both teams attacked and defended resolutely as the game moved smoothly from beginning to conclusion.

Substitute In the 80th minute, after a goalmouth brawl following a corner kick, Jade Nassi thought she had given France the lead. However, referee Gonzales checked the video assistant referee, who properly disallowed the goal for a foul on Omini.

Five minutes later, Flourish Sabastine sprinted onto a great Mercy Idoko pass, maintained her poise, and slid the ball past goalkeeper Marie-Morgane Sieber with considerable flourish. This was the goal that Nigeria's effort and tenacity merited.

The Falconets' following match is on Sunday at Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto versus Korea Republic. Nigeria will be guaranteed a spot in the tournament's quarterfinals if they win that encounter.