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HomeWOMEN'S FOOTBALLFIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2023Nigeria hang on to stun the cohosts Australia in Group B

Nigeria hang on to stun the cohosts Australia in Group B

Group B otherwise known as the Group of Death is now extremely tight after Nigeria pulled off a shocking upset beating The Matildas 3-2 in Brisbane.

Uchenna Kanu, Osinachi Ohale, and their star player Asisat Oshola scored for Nigeria while Australia got goals from Emily Van Egmond who replaced the injured Mary Fowler who is out with a concussion picked up in training, and defender Alanna Kennedy.

Australia opened the scoring in the first minute of added time in the first half when she got an amazing cross pass from Caitlin Foord and beat Chiamaka Nnadozie.

Four minutes later Nigeria equalized when Uchenna Kanu managed to volley a cross into the net.

Nigeria took the lead in the 65th minute when Osinachi Ohale was able to get a header past Nnadozie into the back of the net.

Seven minutes later Nigeria made it 3-1 when Alanna Kennedy was attempting to head a ball back to her keeper and Asisat Oshola intercepted the ball and scored into an empty net.

11 minutes were added to the 90 and in the fifth minute of extra time Foord had a chance for The Matildas to get within one but her header on target was saved by Nnadozie. Four minutes later Kennedy headed a ball in to make it 3-2.

That was as close as Australia would get and now the group is wide open with three of the four teams still having a chance to book a spot in the knockout phase of the tournament. Nigeria is tied with points in first with Canada but leads on goal differential.

Australia is in third place while Ireland is already eliminated and can’t make the next round after losing their first two group-stage matches.

Elias Laradi
Elias Laradi
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Played Soccer, Hockey, Tennis, Baseball, wasn't good enough to go pro so I decided to become a sports journalist. I have covered NHL, NFL, MLS, UEFA Champions League, Tennis, PHF, and both Canadian men's and women's national teams.

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