Super Falcons defeat Australia 3-2, advance to second round.
The Super Falcons defeated Australia 3-2 at the Brisbane Stadium on Thursday.
This is Nigeria’s first victory in the competition and their fifth in Women’s World Cup history.
Canada’s 2-1 victory over Ireland on Wednesday increased the Super Falcons’ chances of advancing to the round of 16.
In their inaugural match of the tournament, the Falcons displayed defensive prowess, including a penalty kick save by goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, to earn a valuable point.
On Thursday, the Super Falcons of Nigeria advanced to the second round of the Women’s World Cup by defeating co-hosts Australia 3-2.
Uchenna Kalu, Osinachi Ohale, and substitute Asisat Oshoala scored in a comeback victory against the seventh-ranked Australians.
Emily Van Egmond scored for Australia in the first minute of extra time in the first half, but Kanu equalized in the sixth minute of extra time.
Ohale was courageous in giving the Falcons the lead in the 65th minute, and Oshoala came off the bench to give Nigeria a 3-1 advantage in the 72nd minute following a defensive blunder by Cortnee Vine and Mackenzie Arnold.
Alanna Kennedy’s header in the 100th minute reduced the deficit for the hosts, but the Falcons held on for a historic victory.
Monday is their final match, against the Republic of Ireland, and they need only one point to advance.
After the Super Falcons’ impressive 3-2 victory over the co-hosts of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Australia, striker Asisat Oshoala claimed that the team has a lot to give.
In the 72nd minute, Oshoala, who entered the game in the second half, scored to make it 3-1 for the Falcons.
She is the first African woman to accomplish the record after scoring in three straight World Cups.
With the victory, the Falcons topped Group B, ahead of Canada, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland, who finished last.
In her post-game interview, Oshoala commended her teammates for rising to the occasion.