Women’s World Cup: Nigeria Defeats Co-host Australia, Tops Group B

Women’s World Cup: Nigeria Defeats Co-host Australia, Tops Group B

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By Amaechi Agbo

Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Thursday morning came from behind to beat co-host Australia 3-2 in the second Group B match at the ongoing 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng can report

The nine-time Africa Champions who played a barren draw against Olympic champions, Canada in their opening game last week, went behind in the added five minutes in first half after Emily Van Egmong put the host ahead in 45+1.

But Uchenna Kanu who had an average show in the game redeemed herself when she scored the equaliser in 45+5 minutes to ensure that both teams retired to the dressing room with equal show of power.

At the resumption of play, the Australians mounted intense pressure to reclaim their lead but it was rather the Nigerians who shocked the voiceferous fans again as Osinachi Ohale scored on the 65th minute to han the Randy Waldrum’s ladies proceedings.

FC Barcelona Feminine goal getter, Asisat Oshoala who came off the bench, scored Nigeria’s third goal in 72nd minute after rounding off the goalkeeper and a defender in the box.

The 2023 UEFA Women’s Champions League winner celebrated the goal by pulling off her shirt which, unsurprisingly fetched her a yellow card.

Appearing to be heading to conclusion with 3-1 scoreline, the match got another moment of intensity after Alanna Kennedy scored in 90+10 through a header view corner kick.

Australia goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold made her way forward for the corner but it’s Alanna Kennedy who got a head to it and powered it into the net to the disappointment of Nigeria’s goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie who again had a superb show in the game.

Although the co-host rallied to save their faces from their home fans who have been lively in the encounter, they could not do much as they bemoaned a defeat that could potentially harm their progress in the tournament.

The victory hands the Super Falcons Group B leadership with four points same as second placed Canada

Australia has three points while bottom placed Republic of Ireland has zero point from two matches.

Nigeria will face Ireland on Monday, July 31 by 11am in their last Group B match and the West Africans need just draw to reach the last 16.

Despite playing all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup since 1991, the Super Falcons have only reached the knockout stages twice in 1999 (quarter-final) and 2019 Round of 16)

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