FIFAWWC: Nigeria Stun Co-Host Australia, Tops Group B

The Super Falcons of Nigeria on Thursday stunned co-host nation, Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup after coming from behind to win 3-2 at the Brisbane Stadium.

Uchenna Kanu, Osinachi Ohale and Asisat Oshoala where among the scorers, as the Super Falcons claimed top spot ahead of Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland.

Australia edged ahead in the first minute of added time at the end of the first half when Van Egmond guided her shot beyond Chiamaka Nnadozie following Caitlin Foord’s low cross into the penalty area.

But Nigeria equalized in the sixth minute of added time when Rasheedat Ajibade’s shot deflected towards the far post to Uchenna Kanu, who placed her shot through Steph Catley’s legs and beyond Mackenzie Arnold.

Barcelona Striker, Asisat Oshoala’s introduction on 63rd minutes, immediately unsettled the Australian defence and Nigeria forged ahead two minutes later when Osinachi Ohale, who was hurt in the process, headed in at the far post after Ajibade’s header was pushed away by Arnold.

Oshoala’s presence which continued to create havoc against the opposition (Australia) turned productive as in the 72 minutes, she scored Nigeria’s third goal from a tight angle following a mix-up between Alanna Kennedy and Arnold.

Kennedy pulled a goal back deep into added time but the defeat means Australia go into their final group game against Canada knowing they need to win to guarantee a place in the last 16.

With her goal, Asisat Oshoala is the first Nigerian player to score in three Women’s World Cups.

Also, the win keeps the Super Falcons hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the world cup.

There next and final group game comes against debutants, Republic of Ireland on Monday, 31st July, 2023

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