The Super Falcons of Nigeria have played a goalless draw against Canada in their first match at 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand.
The highly competitive match against the Olympic champions did not only end in a goalless draw but had some interesting moments recorded.
One of them was the superb performance of Super Falcons Goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie who made vital saved Christine Sinclair’s penalty early in the second half.
The other one was the sending off of midfielder, Deborah Abiodun late on in the game, due to a dangerous foul.
In an attempt to secure the first goal in the 23rd minute, Ifeoma Onumonu had her well-taken shot parried away by goalkeeper, Kailen Sheridan regardless of Canada’s early dominance.
Five minutes later, Canada’s Jordyn Huitema failed to direct her header from a cross towards goal.
Unfortunately, both teams finished the first half creating no dangerous opportunity while the second half began on a disappointing note for the Falcons when the referee awarded a penalty for Canada after Francisca Ordega brought down Christine Sinclair in the box.
Another attempt on gaols was made by the Canadians seven minutes later but Adriana Leon’s clever free-kick missed the target.
As the Canadians continued to surge forward to score, Super Falcons player, Nnadozie stopped a left-foot strike.
Substitute Uchenna Kanu connected with a cross from Onumonu which the keeper saved from close range but the flag went off for offside.
Tosin Demehin made a timely block to deny a goal-bound shot, five minutes to the end of the match.
In the 98th minute, Abiodun was shown a straight card after consultation with VAR for a bad tackle on Ashley Lawrence.
So far, the Super Falcons are still unbeaten against Canada at the women’s World Cup (one win and two draws).
The Falcons are to host Australia on Thursday, July 27.