2023 Women’s World Cup: Nnadozie’s penalty save earns Nigeria draw against Canada (Video)

Chiamaka Nnadozie’s penalty save earn Nigeria’s Super Falcons a goalless draw against Canada at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Every member of the Nigerian team gave a heroic performance, but Nnadozie stood out after saving a second-half penalty and ensuring that the most successful African team of all time earned a point in Melbourne.

Super Falcons midfielder Deborah Abiodun received a straight red card in the 90th minute of the match. 

The Canadians, who saw captain Christine Sinclair miss a second-half penalty kick, are expected to go far in the tournament after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and defeating the United States in the semifinals.

The Super Falcons, on the other hand, were not given much of a chance in a group that also included co-hosts Australia and Ireland, but Nigeria is an 11-time Africa Cup of Nations winner and has qualified for every women’s World Cup.



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The Super Falcons have also advanced past the group stage twice and will be confident of reaching the knockout stages following their heroic draw against the highly rated Canadians.

That result was no easy feat for Randy Waldrum’s Super Falcons, who entered the tournament ranked 40th in the world by FIFA and finished the game with 10 players after Deborah Abiodun was sent off six minutes into stoppage time for a dangerous challenge on Canada’s Ashley Lawrence.

However, that was not the game’s pivotal moment.

The highlight in Melbourne was Nnadozie’s penalty save against Canada’s Sinclair, who sent her effort toward the low right corner, where the Super Falcons captain dove to first parry the effort, before further denying the 40-year-old Canadian forward.

The result delighted Super Eagles fans, but the Australians who packed the stadium were probably the happiest, given that it put their country atop Group B in the early going, following Australia’s 1-0 win over Ireland.

Watch Video below:

40th-ranked Super Falcons 🇳🇬 does enough to hold 7th-ranked Canada 🇨🇦 in a goalless draw. #FIFAWomensWorldCup

Here's the defining moment Chiamaka Nnadozie 🇳🇬 denied Christine Sinclair's penalty 🇨🇦pic.twitter.com/tH0nPAqpi7

— Gregory Airende (@airendegregory) July 21, 2023

What’s next? 

Nigeria’s Super Falcons will face Australia next, while Canada will face Ireland.

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