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Joy Ebinemiere Bokiri of Nigeria celebrates scoring a goal during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Group B match between Nigeria and Canada at Bava Park on November 16, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. PHOTO: Ian Walton – FIFA/FIFA via Getty
Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo of Nigeria celebrates scoring a goal during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Group B match between Nigeria and Canada at Bava Park on November 16, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. PHOTO: Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo of Nigeria celebrates scoring a goal during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Group B match between Nigeria and Canada at Bava Park on November 16, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. PHOTO: Ian Walton – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Rasheedat Busayo Ajibade of Nigeria pictured with the 'Player of the Mtach' award after during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Group B match between Nigeria and Canada at Bava Park on November 16, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. PHOTO: Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Rasheedat Busayo Ajibade of Nigeria pictured with the ‘Player of the Mtach’ award after during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Group B match between Nigeria and Canada at Bava Park on November 16, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. PHOTO: Ian Walton – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Emma Rose Regan of Canada tries to tackle Chinaza Love Uchendu of Nigeria during the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Group B match between Nigeria and Canada at Bava Park on November 16, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. PHOTO: Ian Walton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Emma Rose Regan of Canada tries to tackle Chinaza Love Uchendu of Nigeria during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, Group B match between Nigeria and Canada at Bava Park on November 16, 2016 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. PHOTO: Ian Walton – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

After suffering a 6-0 humiliation against Japan on Sunday, the Falconets of Nigeria redeemed their image with a 3-1 win over Canada on Wednesday.

The Falconets now have three points from two games and must beat Spain, who leads the group with six points, in their last group game on Sunday, November 20.

Nigeria’s Rasheedat Ajibade won player of the match award.

Gabrielle Carle had fired the Canucks into the lead at Bava Park on 15 minutes, but an equalising penalty from Chinaza Uchendu just before the break and second-half goals from Joy Bokiri and Chinwendu Ihezuo gave the Falconets their first win of the tournament.

Both sides had slipped to heavy losses in their previous Group B clash and were looking to make amends. In an entertaining first half, Nigeria tested Canada early on when Ihezuo shot narrowly over the bar on 10 minutes. The Canadians took the lead five minutes later when Deanne Rose received a long ball inside the box and played a neat pass to Carle, and the No10 made no mistake from close range.

Nigeria came close to capitalising on a mistake on 37 minutes when Hannah Taylor lost control of the ball in her box, allowing Rasheedat Ajibade – a veteran of the U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 – time to pounce, but her effort was blocked by Rylee Foster.

The Falconets eventually restored parity just before half-time when Canada’s Bianca St Georges was penalised for handling the ball inside the area, with Uchendu stepping up and converting the spot-kick. With a spring in their step going into the break, Nigeria made an instant impact in the second half with Bokiri putting the African side into the lead immediately after the restart.

Peter Dedevbo’s side then doubled their advantage on 73 minutes when Ihezuo capitalised on a mistake by goalkeeper Foster and was left with an easy finish in front of an empty goal. Nigeria next face top-of-the-table Spain in Group B, while Canada next meet Japan on 20 November.

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