Women World Cup: Nigeria Super Falcons defeat co-host, Australia as Asisat Oshoala shows class in a 3–2 win Watch this video

July 27th, 2023

Nigeria Super Falcons have claimed one of their biggest win as they defeat World Cup host, Australia in a 3-2 win leaving the co-host’s tournament hopes dashed.

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A crowd of nearly 50,000 people gathered in Brisbane Stadium on Thursday with most there hoping to see Australia seal a place in the knockout stages.

Things started well for the home side as Emily van Egmond gave them the lead in the first minute of first-half injury time after a dominant performance. But Uchenna Kanu quickly evened out the score before half-time, and Osinachi Ohale nudged Nigeria ahead after the break.

Barcelona striker, Asisat Oshoala, who came on as a second-half substitute, swooped in on a defensive mix-up in the 72nd minute and beat three Australians to the ball, sneaking a right foot inside the near post from a tight angle to widen Nigeria’s lead.

She peeled off her jersey and ran to the sideline to celebrate, getting a yellow card in the process.

Australia then threw everything they had at Nigeria, managing to cut the deficit to one goal when Alanna Kennedy nodded home a header in the 10th minute of stoppage time.

But Nigeria rode out the final seconds to move into a share of first place in Group B with Canada. Both have four points from two games, one more than Australia. The 11-time African champions will play eliminated Ireland in their last group match.