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Friendly: Canada Snatched Late Equalizer To Force Super Falcons To 2-2 Draw

Friendly: Canada Snatched Late Equalizer To Force Super Falcons To 2-2 Draw

A late equalizer from Canada denied Super Falcons a famous win, as both teams settled for a 2-2 draw, in the second of their two legged friendly in Victoria on Tuesday morning, Completesports.com reports.

The first meeting between both teams on Saturday in Vancouver ended 2-0 in favour of the Olympic champions.

But this time the Falcons put up a more spirited display and were close to grabbing the win before surrendering their lead for the second time in the encounter.

The Falcons got off to a very good start as they took the lead in the fifth minute through Ifeoma Onumonu whose brilliant back heeled effort from a setpiece ended in the back of the net.

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In the 18th minute Chiamaka Nnadozie was called to action as she produced a brilliant save to keep the score at 1-0.

The Canadians kept pouring forward and were almost rewarded on 28 minutes but Ashleigh Plumptre made a goal-line clearance before Ajibade completed the clearance.

In the 32nd minute Nnadozie produced a superb save on 32 to deny Janine Beckie.

Just three minutes later Nnadozie was called to action again this time stopping Desiree Scott from grabbing an equalizer.

Despite efforts by the Canadians to draw level, the Falcons held on to go into the break 1-0 ahead.

Uchenna Kanu almost doubled the Falcons lead early in the second half but saw her effort well saved by the Canadian keeper.

The hosts eventually found the equalizer on 49 minutes through Christine Sinclair, who lobbed the ball over Nnadozie after Onome Ebi was robbed of the ball off a pass from the Falcons keeper.

But in the 53rd minute the Falcons were back in front thanks to Ajibade after her intended cross ended inside the net.

Canada were close to grabbing an equalizer but Sinclair saw her strike come off the cross bar.

And on 88 minutes Canada’s persistence eventually paid off as Shelina Zadorsky’s header from a cross beat the brilliant Nnadozie to bring score to 2-2.

By James Agberebi

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COMMENTS

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  • Bobby 6 months ago

    That’s an improvement. God bless the coach. With our full squad and more friendlies, the Super Falcons would defeat Canada in the World Cup.

     
  • Omo9ja 6 months ago

    Super Falcons still have a lot of work to do. Falcons should have won the match but our Falcons were defending which I don’t understand.

    Ball control of the Canadian team can be compared to Super Falcons.

    Can Super Falcons rule the world of football soon? Well, fingers crossed. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
    • KENNETH 6 months ago

      Very correct omo naija, saw the game and still believe this team needs a lot of work. The coach needs to start looking for replacement for Ebi, she was just jittery in my opinion, yes we need her experience, but not this kind of quality. New fresh legs are needed in the team. Canada was just unfortunate to get a draw, they were on our neck through out, especially there fight after conceding

       
  • MONKEY POST 6 months ago

    …SMILE…

    Ashleigh Plumptre made a goal-line clearance

    She just keep making me PROUD!

    LMFAO!!!

     
    • Kolomental Dr. Drey I don’t understand your connection with this guy. He seems to always talk nonsense Everytime.

       
      • MONKEY POST 6 months ago

        Eya!

        So you have been taking NOTES and READING all my NONSENSE?

        Mehn…

        Your MOTHER must have given BIRTH to a SPYCHO

        LMFAO!!!

         
        • @Monkey, I’ve TAKEN note too. Lolz!

           
          • MONKEY POST 6 months ago

            LMFAO!

            My brother see me see WAHALA o..

            I WONDER why thar dude is PAINED..

            Is it because am GUSHING over my WOMAN???

             
        • char char 6 months ago

          Monkey Post: Even to know how effective is note taking. This man!

           
  • Lanre 6 months ago

    Congrats babes!

     
  • Samson GH 6 months ago

    Now I know the night vigil is fun, great game falcons. NFF, bring USA and France.

     
  • Glory 6 months ago

    Great performance from the girls. A big thumbs up to you all and the coaching crew. Honestly speaking, if it was possible, I would clamour for both goal keepers of the Falcons be invited to the SE.

     
  • Chato 6 months ago

    Lovelies were more purposeful 8n the 2nd half, 1st half was just kicknfollow. Congrats!!!

     
  • Danny 6 months ago

    My heading would’ve been Canada, 6th forced SF, 39th to a draw. Kudos ladies!

     
  • Raphael 6 months ago

    I saw the Canadian players celebrated the draw more. Nice1 Falcons.

     
  • footballfanatic 6 months ago

    Onome Ebi’s blunder caused the Canadian’s first equalizer….This lady is trying to go to a sixth WC….She has been clubless for a year now. How is her invitation on merit. People keep screaming experience but common man 5 world cups. You need to leave this one for the younger ones. Block a spot for a younger player and then that younger player will be old in another 4 years while you are already old and useless but forcing urself on the team or your godfathers helping you. She is like the Musa of the super falcons lol

     
    • Ikeben 6 months ago

      Let’s stop this pull players down syndrome. Which young player is she blocking. Do we know better than every coach that have been using her. She made a mistake today does it mean she is now a bad player. Do you drop a player because a single mistake. For your information she is still very much active in her club. She plays for Henan Jainye a Chinese club.
      When did Roger Milla retire, when did Peter Shilton retire, what of Pepetua Nkwocha.
      For now she is still one of our best defenders and that is why she is still there. This is women soccer and all over the world we have some who are still doing well at their later age.
      Let’s learn to support our own and trust the coaches to choose who they feel is best for them, not using social media to force our veterans to retirement.

       
      • You see na

         
      • Tobore Efe 6 months ago

        It can only be tribalism at work. Meanwhile, good luck baes.

         
      • Footballfanatic 6 months ago

        You are a bloody liar. Onome Ebi has not had a club since her Belarusian club cancelled her contract early last year or you think other people don’t research before they talk. I insist we need to start grooming younger defenders, this is not a pull down bullshit that you came here with…38 years old 5 worldcups how long can she serve us for and you have to be unreasonable to think we shouldn’t start grooming a replacement for her. With individuals like you we can see why Nigeria and some Nigerians are so backward.

         
      • Footballfanatic 6 months ago

        This fool comes up with a club she left before going to Belarus are u kidding me? Any small thing let’s support our own. I respect and appreciate her contribution to the national team but when it’s time to go it’s time to go plss.

         
        • SD Special Delivery Jones 6 months ago

          Onome Ebi is not going anywhere. She will go to 2 more world cups before handing her boots. If you don’t like it then stop watching the Super Falcons. Who send you,?

           
          • Footballfanatic 6 months ago

            Yeah na your papa go carry am go 2 more worldcups when she will be 44 oloshi….Come blind my eye now as we can’t have our opinion again on a soccer forum….Stupid bastard!

             
          • Before HANGING her boot is right. Income stays.

             
  • Garry Eputu 6 months ago

    An improvement from your 1st game girls. Bring America, Sweden and France o.

     
  • Itama utafo 6 months ago

    It isn’t about winning but playing in certain way. Good to see Super Falcons showing resolve.

     
  • Diamond Ng 6 months ago

    @footballfanatic, you’re spot on. Chikwelu Rita was just falling anyhow on that pitch, she has nothing to offer to the falcons any longer.

    The coach waited long overdue to remove Fransceca Ordega, she wasn’t in that game at all, no successful dribbling from her she didn’t even support the attack as well.

    Rashidat Ajibade is a nice and good player but she needs to be aware of her surroundings while playing, she loosed the ball too much because she wasn’t aware the Canadians were close to her but overall she had a good game.

    We would have won if only the coach told the Lady in Jersey 8 Ifeoma onumonu to be pressing hard Just like Victor Osihmen does, she was not pressing at all but she’s good addition to that squad.

    The entire midfield of Super falcon’s should be injected with young blood, people with speed and ball control. As I stated earlier Rita’s Chikwelu is long overdue for this team.

    This Goal keeper Nnadozie who is just 21 years old is a blessing to the Falcons, she literally got everything right, she’s very good at everything she does, the only thing remaining for her is to have good midfielders and defender’s to play well for her.

    Ashley Plumptre is bae, common that gurl plays football abeg, she needs a good pair. Even though her pair with Onome wasn’t bad but I think Onome was jittery all through the game and that led to her not to be able to hold on to the pass the goal keeper gave her…

    Finally, I started wondering how did this Canadian team win Olympic because the were playing rubbish as well, 6th in the world didn’t reflect in them…
    I believe we are right on track if only we can hold possessions without giving out incomplete passings, we will reach far at the world cup

     
  • Melvs 6 months ago

    Good they put 2 pass the Canadian keeper. I tell you, SF is on the side to score goals but they just need to concentrate on doing just that.

     
  • Afeez 6 months ago

    It was a much better performance from the Super Falcons. However,many areas need to be worked on if Nigeria really want to contest the next world cup with the very best in the world. At first, the ageing players in the team have to make way for much younger ones. You can easily tell that the Canadians were more physically fit than their visitors. They had more pace and always had the tendency to win every one on one contest. Besides, we need creative midfielders who can dribble and hold the ball around their opponents and can supply killer passes. You would notice that all through the game, Nigeria barely held possession of the ball, when they had it, for less than 30 seconds before being dispossessed by their more active and aggressive host. Finally, Waldrum needs to work on understanding and chemistry of the team from defence to attack. Without any equivocation, our attackers are good but no supplies. However, the most impressive of the departments today is the goalkeeping, closely ensued by the rock solid defence. Kudos to the NFF for organizing grade A friendlies for the Super Falcons. I only hope they will replicate the same for the Super Eagles. With more of these friendlies, Nigeria will, in no time, start rubbing shoulders with the powers that be in world football.

     
  • Sahuel 6 months ago

    If not for the 88th equalizer, there would have been a-at-stadium for the Canadian spectators. Next time let’s go for a win, sf, Well match.

     
  • This is what we are talking about, improve on your previous performance, that is the sign of a coach that knows what he is doing. congratulations to the girls, and congratulations to the coaching crew

     
    • Mr. Nice 6 months ago

      Exactly my thought @KING. Good tactical coaches might loose a game to an equally good Coach but you will always see an improvement in the next game. People keep saying Gernot Rohr lost to C.A.R here in Lagos but he in the return leg the Eagles came top an indication that the defeat was only a fluke, but look at a local Coach Eguavoen who lost to a Tunisian team with a pattern at the Afcon, used the same pattern to play out a draw against the Ghanaians in Kumasi and used the same pattern for almost 90 minutes in the second leg. When we say Eguavoen is a failure we speak with horrific facts, a good tactical coach should have changed his pattern in Abuja when it was obvious the Ghanaians are stronger judging from what was played at the first leg.

       
  • Papafem 6 months ago

    @Footballfanatic raised a very solid point there. But the coach has tried a number of players in that position in the absence of Onome and its unfortunate they didn’t sieze the chance. Apart from that blunder, she didn’t do badly in that match. However, that doesn’t take away the fact that age has really slowed her down. I think with the look of things, if Ohale is fit and available, she can easily replace Onome in the starring line up. I agree, we need to inject fresh blood into that team.

    Rita Chikwelu isn’t doing much in that team again. I’ve not seen much of Asisat too of late. Ordega isn’t as effective as she used to be too. We should scout for players who will replace these ladies. But we shouldn’t chase them when we don’t have their substitutes yet.

     
  • pompei 6 months ago

    Looks like these ladies are poised to apply a soothing balm to the gaping wound the SE infilicted on Nigeria football fans.
    What we saw today is what we need from our national teams. Effort, desire, hunger. Apart from the mistake that led to Canada drawing level 1-1, we saw a high octane Nigeria performance. It’s no joke what the ladies accomplished today. They held the Olympic champions to a draw in front of their home fans! They could have even won the game, with a bit of good fortune.
    Let’s hope they keep up this excellent momentum going forward. If they continue to play like this, they will do well in future tournaments. This is a strong team indeed!

     
    • Damian 6 months ago

      The Olympic champions held them to a draw. They indeed begged for it.

       
  • Dr Banks 6 months ago

    Guys guys guys………why are you such a biased group of people? I watched the highlights of this match but I see you only blamed Onome for the 1st equalizer. But what I saw here is completely the GK’s fault. What is she doing taking short free kick at almost the halfway line of the pitch? Why didn’t she play a proper long free kick into the opponent half? Why did she make such a short pass to Onome?

    Please let’s stop making g wrong judgement on our players just because we don’t like their face anymore forgetting their accomplishments in the team.

    Same way you all condemned Okoye which scared him away from SE last match while your popular Uzoho eventually stopped us from reaching the WC.

     
    • Omo9ja 6 months ago

      God bless you for speaking the truth. Ębi wasn’t at fault at all but the goalie was. Nigeria would have won the match easily.

      I hope coach Waldrum will play total football soon. Falcons were struggling to hold their own against Canada.

      Super Falcons didn’t play attacking football Falcons known for instead, they were defending throughout the match against Canada.

      the midfield wasn’t that strong. Ball control of the Canadians were topnotch.

      Super Falcons deserve to do more because Nigeria is a football nation Canada is not and for Falcons to be struggling like that to play their A game, I still don’t get it.

      Lastly, the gaffer should invite more young players into the team. NFF should organize more grade A friendlies for our female team. God bless Nigeria!!!