Super falcons played their opening match of the FIFA Women’s world cup against Norway in France today.
The current African Champion started on a very good note, but coach need to find understanding between the midfield and attack which is their bane .
Terrible first half performance cost the super falcons this game…Maybe we’ll salvage something against Korea.
Norway, who have won their opening match at the past six World Cups, concede an early corner. Ebere swings it in and Ohale makes a clean contact with the ball but cannot get enough conviction on the strike.
The Norway Capitalised on the deflection via Ebere and it gave them an early lead in the first half.
Nigeria have never won a World Cup game when they have conceded the opening goal of the match. Records like that are made to be broken, right?
Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland powers home inside the box, blasting beyond the Nigeria goalkeeper Oluehi, who really should have done better.
Nigeria cheaply ceded possession but it was more clever play by Reiten, who scored the opener, latching on to a ball before spreading the ball to her right, into the path of Utland, who calmly did the rest. It was a rasping strike – albeit straight at the Nigeria goalkeeper, with the ball zooming through her gloves.
Isabell Herlovsen stormed to the byline, crossing for Utland but, before the Norway forward could get there, Osinachi Ohale helped it in at the near post. Great work by the Norway No 9 to panic the Nigeria defender into action.
Norway take victory from their Group A opener, moving level on points with hosts France, who sit top of the pile having found a fourth against Korea.