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Falcons Fall To Australia, Face Early Exit

Falcons Fall To Australia, Face Early Exit

 By Izuchukwu Okosi:

The Super Falcons on Friday night were handed a major blow in their chances of qualifying from Group B of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup after losing 2-0 to Australia.

The Nigerian girls started on a promising note but they conceded the first goal after a move broke down in midfield. The Aussies scored through a counter, Kyah Simon profiting from sloppy Nigerian defending.

Kyah Simon scored another goal to make it 2-0, poor Nigerian defending yet again costing them the back-breaking goal that could see their exit from the tournament.

The Falcons thought they had played the Aussies offside but Simon on a half volley smashed the ball home with goalkeeper Precious Dede left without a defender in sight.

Asisat Oshoala's control let her down minutes after the Aussies' second goal.

Four minutes was added after regulation time but inexplicably the final whistle from referee Stephanie Frappart of France sounded after a minute of added time played much to the bemusement of coach Edwin Okon.

Nigeria will play title favourites USA in their last group game.

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  • Yusuf Ango 6 years ago

    Here we go again. How about that for talking too much even before the ball is kicked? The field of play, and the competence of the bench, determines outcomes of a match, not Newspaper grand standings. Each time we make too much noise before a match, I develop goose pimples. I think we do not stand any chance beating the USA with so many goals as to qualify from this group.