FIFAWWC: Nnadozie Penalty Save Earns Draw For Nigeria Against Canada

Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie helped Nigeria secure a valuable 0-0 draw against Olympic champions Canada in their Women’s World Cup opener on Friday morning in a result leaving their group wide open.

Nnadozie saved a penalty in the 50th minute at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, denying Christine Sinclair from the spot with a leap low to her left as the Canada skipper missed out on becoming the first player to score in six World Cups.

Francisca Ordega had stepped on the foot of Sinclair inside the box.

The teams were left with a point each, trailing Group B leaders Australia by two point following the co-hosts’ 1-0 win over Ireland on Thursday.

Both sides had their chances but Sinclair, who came off in the 70th minute, was perhaps the most frustrated, having also missed a good opportunity when she fired wide in the ninth minute.

Nigeria finished the game well and created enough chances to have won the match, and will have a hint of regret themselves that they could not grab the win in what is going to be a Group of Death.

Sadly, the Super Falcons ended the game with 10 players after Deborah Abiodun received a red card deep into injury-time at the end for a wild late lunge that was initially given as a yellow but deservedly upgraded to red by the Video Assistant Referee.

Sadly, Deborah Abiodun 19, who was impressive in the middle for the former African champions will miss the Nigeria next game against the Australians

Placed in Group B, Randy Waldrum tutored falcons will now take on co-host Australia in their second game on July 27th by 11am Nigerian time at the Lang Park Brisbane Stadium, while Canada moves to Perth on Australia’s west coast for its next game against Ireland.

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