Nigeria and Canada Share Points in Fierce World Cup Opener
In an intense opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Group B, Nigeria and Canada battled to a goalless draw, with goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie emerging as the hero for the Nigerian team. Her crucial penalty save in the 50th minute ensured that the Super Falcons secured a valuable point against Canada.
The game proved to be a tight contest, with both teams neutralizing each other’s attacks and creating very few scoring opportunities. A single goal could have decided the outcome, making every chance significant.
Nigeria’s best opportunity in the first half came from Ifeoma Onumonu, whose powerful strike from outside the box forced a save from the Canadian goalkeeper. Asisat Oshoala also had a chance to capitalize on a defensive error but was unable to convert.
Just two minutes into the second half, Francisca Ordega committed a foul on Christine Sinclair in the penalty area, awarding Canada an excellent chance to score. However, Chiamaka Nnadozie had other plans as she expertly blocked Sinclair’s attempt, preserving the deadlock.
Despite a commendable performance by Deborah Abidoun on her senior World Cup debut, her journey ended on a sour note after receiving a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Canada’s Ashley Lawrence.
Looking ahead, Randy Waldrum’s team will face co-hosts Australia in their next match on July 27.