the Super Falcons of Nigeria against all odds defeated co host Australia 3-2 in an entertaining Group B encounter played at the Brisbane Stadium.
Assisat Oshoala off the bench sealed the points for the 11 time African Champions with a well taken effort after taking advantage of a defensive blunder in the 72nd .
As it has been the case so for the the Nigerians at this year’s Women’s World Cup, they were on the back foot for most of the 1st half as the Matilda’s dominated the early exchanges.
The first real chance fell to Steph Catley but for Chiamaka Nnadozie, her goal bound effort would have crept in. Six minutes after that, Catlin Food missed another opportunity to hand the Aussie the lead as her shot went wide of the mark.
30 minutes in, The Australians came close yet again as Raso’s close shot off a corner kick delivery went wide and much to the delight of the Nigerians.
the Matildas’ pressure eventually made off at the final minute of the 1st half as Chiamaka Nnadozie could do little to stop a first time hit from Emily Van Egomond . However, in the 5th minute of added time of the first half, Nigeria responded with a decent effort from Uchenna Kanu. The forward tucked from after Rasheedat Ajibade’s goal bound effort fell kindly to her via a deflection.
The Falcons stepped up a few notches during the early stages of the second half and despite Australia ‘s threat on the attack, Randy Waldrum’s Falcons went into the lead for the first time in the game in the 64th minute. Osinachi Ohale, playing in her fourth World Cup nodded in from a goal mouth scramble in the 64tth minute and in the process picked up a knock.
Assisat Oshoala effectively sealed the points for Nigeria with a neat finish. The west Africans held firm from that point to pick up their 1st 3 points of the tournament.
The Co-host pulled a goal back in added time and just the final whistle went off. Alanna Kennedy sort of made amends for her mistake leading to Assist Oshoala ‘s goal by scoring Australia’s second but it turned out to be too little too late for the Matilda’s.