FIFAWWC 2023: Nigeria Finish Off Australia with a 2-3 Upset Win

Asisat Oshoala scores the 3rd goal for Nigeria
Asisat Oshoala scores the 3rd goal for Nigeria (Credit: AP)

The Super Falcons of Nigeria kept all their off-field issues with bonus aside, and dealt Australia a bad blow with a thrilling 2-3 Win in the second match of their group at the ongoing FIFA Womens World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia got on the scoring sheet first late in the first half with a cool finish from Emily van Egmond to get the home crowd up in jubilation.

Nigeria had other ideas and quickly equalized a few minutes later off a shot from Rasheedat Ajibade which was deflected by the Australian defense to land on the waiting legs of Uchenna Kanu who made no mistakes to make it 1-1 by the end of the first half.

Nigeria opened scores again with a desperate move by Osinachi Ohale who rushed in the make sure a goal bound move by Asisat Oshoala was not going to miss the net. For her effort she got a huge kick in the tummy from Alanna Kennedy in the Australian defense line. The ball ended up in the net to make it 1-2 in favor of the super falcons.

Asisat Oshoala was still not done tormenting the Australian defense and her follow up on the ball after a miscalculation by the Australian defense and goalkeeper resulted in her first goal of the tournament to make the scores 1-3

At this point the Nigerian bench smelt victory and quickly made defensive changes to shore up the defense line. Ageless skipper, Onome Ebi was brought in to bring calm to the tight defense play by the Nigerians.

However, Alana Kennedy of Australia got one goal back deep in injury time after an amazing 11 minutes were added on for extra time. She scored off a header to make scores 2-3.

Australia kept on pressing but it was too late to save anything from the match.

Nigeria keeps all three points to make it a total of four points after the drawn game against Canada. Next up for the super falcons, Republic of Ireland.

Just a single point against the Irish and Nigeria would comfortably be in the second round of the tournament.

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