The Super Falcons today upset the form books to hold Olympic champions Canada in their opening 2023 World Cup Group B match in Melbourne, Australia.
Co-hosts Australia lead the group with three points after lone goal win over Republic of Ireland.
Nigeria next face the Australians on Thursday.
The Super Falcons put up a resolute defensive shift with Osinachi Ohale providing the solidity and assurance in the heart of the back four.
Defensive midfielder Deborah Abiodun saw red in stoppage time for dangerous play and will mis the next game.
In the closing moments of the game, the nine-time African champions even threatened the goal of Canada.
Skipper Chiamaka Nnadozie saved a penalty in the 50th minute taken by the veteran Canada star Christine Sinclair after VAR ruled that Francisca Ordega fouled Sinclair inside the box.
Olympic champions Canada put Nigeria under siege in the opening exchanges, but somehow the Super Falcons weathered the storm.
Veteran skipper Sinclair had a chance to put her team in front, but her effort from outside the box missed target by much.
The Falcons best chance in the first half was carved on 22nd minute, when Ifeoma Onumonu shot was only kept out by the Canada goalkeeper as it made its way to the bottom right corner of the net.
This article was updated 2 months ago