The Nigerian Super Falcons have just defeated Co-Host Australia in the ongoing FIFA Female World Cup.
There was surprise, then disbelief, then horror. With tears, curses, and, finally, dejection, a stunned Australia witnessed one of the most spectacular collapses in Women World Cup history.
The host nation’s comprehensive 3-1 win in Thursday’s group game will force some soul-searching in this football-crazed country, but the immediate reaction was simply confusion.
A host nation has never been eliminated before the quarter-finals of a Women’s World Cup.
Nigeria has found the back of the goal against the odds.
Australia just couldn’t clear their lines in the 65th minute as Rasheedat Ajibade heads the ball down and across the face of goal for Osinachi Ohale to run it into the net.
in the 72nd minute, Aussie’s Mackenzie Arnold finds herself in no-man’s land as she runs out to clear a ball over the top which has found substitute Asisat Oshoala.
It’s a tough angle for the Barcelona forward but she makes it, despite the efforts of Arnold and Alanna Kennedy to clear their lines.