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2023 WWC: Super Falcons Stun Co-Hosts Australia In Five-Goal Thriller


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Nigeria’s Super Falcons stunned co-hosts Australia 3-2 in their Group B encounter at the Lang Park, Brisbane on Thursday.

Super Falcons head coach, Randy Waldrum made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 against Australia last Friday.

Halimat Ayinde replaced the suspended Deborah Abiodun, Rasheedat Ajibade was preferred to Francisca Ordega, while Uchenna Kanu took the place of Asisat Oshoala.

Buoyed by the partisan home crowd at the full capacity Lang Park, Brisbane, the co-hosts dominated the opening exchanges.

The Matildas were however frustrated by some smart saves from Chiamaka Nnadozie.

Australia capitalized on a poor goal kick from Nigeria to take the lead one minutes into first half stoppage time.

Caitlin Ford moved the ball upfield and laid the ball for Emily van Egmond to slot into the net.

The Super Falcons responded almost immediately with a goal of their own.

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Rasheedat Ajibade speed down the left and cross the ball into the box, Uchenna Kanu then scrambled the ball beyond McKenzie Arnold.

The second half started on a lively note with both teams going out full throttle.

Nigeria took the lead for the first time in the game in the 65th minute.

Ajibade’s header was saved by Arnold, but she pushed it towards Ohale who bravely nodded home from close range.

Substitute Oshoala put the game beyond the Australians 18 minutes from time.

The Barcelona Femeni star slotted home after a sloppy defending from Australia.

Kennedy reduced the deficit for Australia deep into the stoppage time.

The Super Falcons will take on already eliminated Republic of Ireland in their last group game on Monday.

This article was updated 4 weeks ago

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