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Super Falcons dump Korea 2-0, set sights on France


Nigeria’s players celebrate after winning the France 2019 Women’s World Cup Group A football match between Nigeria and South Korea, on June 12, 2019, at the Alpes Stadium in Grenoble, central-eastern France. (Photo by Jean-Pierre Clatot / AFP)

The Super Falcons of Nigeria yesterday resuscitated their dream of making the second round of the on-going FIFA Women World Cup in France with a 2-0 defeat of Korea Republic in their second game of the competition.

The Nigerians lost their first game 0-3 to Norway and needed victory yesterday to remain in contention for the second round. That they did in fantastic fashion as an own goal by Korean defender, Kim Do Yong in the 29th minute set the stage for the Falcons’ victory.
Nigeria’s biggest star, Asisat Oshoala made it two when 18 –year old Okeke found the Barcelona star, who ran past a defender, beat the goalkeeper and slotted into the net from a rather tight angle. It was a magnificent goal.  

The victory set the stage for a make or mar encounter on Monday against France, which result would determine the Falcons’ fate in the competition.

Coach Thomas Dennerby surprised many followers of his team when he chose to start former junior international, Chiamaka Nnadozie in goal in place of Tochukwu Oluehi and the 18-year–old goaltender repaid his trust with an assured performance that clamed her defenders.

Nigeria stands a chance of getting a good result against France if the attackers learn to make god use of the chances they create in matches.

Yesterday, the Falcons lost so many chances that would have blown the Koreans away just as they did against Norway in their first game.


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