April 20, 2024
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Nigeria v Canada: Women’s World Cup 2023 Group B – live | Women’s World Cup 2023

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Nigeria League

GK: Chiamaka Nandozani

D: Ashleigh Plumptre, Osinachi Ohale, Blessing Demehin, Michelle Alozie

M: Ifeoma Onumonu, Tony Payne, Christy Ucheibe, Deborah Abiodun, Francisca Ordega

A: Asisat Oshoala

That’s the way The FIFA website he sees. ESPN’s site sees it as a 4-2-3-1 with Ordega and Ucheibe behind Oshoala in the middle, with Onumonu as the true front.

In case you just joined usfollowing was the news from Day 1 of the Women’s World Cup…

1. Australia announced that Sam Kerr, arguably the best player in the world for the past 10 years, will miss two games with a calf injury. Australia still managed to take care of business against an Irish side who gave a good account of themselves but conceded one unfortunate penalty in a 1-0 loss.

2. New Zealand, whose celebrations as co-hosts went down the drain in Auckland, won a World Cup match for the first time, defeating traditional powerhouse Norway 1-0.

When I covered the 2011 Women’s World Cup, I saw New Zealand pick up their first ever World Cup point, rallying from the last two goals to draw Mexico. An older gentleman covering the New Zealand team told me it was the happiest day of his life. I usually don’t care about that nonsense in the press tribune, but it was hard to beg. I hope he’s still around and enjoyed this one.

Back to our game – Nigeria played New Zealand in April. The African team won 3-0.

Yes, I realize I’m throwing a hex on this game, and it’s now going to be a 6-0 Canadian blowout. But I stand by it – this is far from a sure win for the Olympic champions.

Breast

No, women’s soccer has not achieved such great parity that any team can beat any other team. USA will beat Vietnam tomorrow by a significant margin.

But as European leagues have grown like the number of other options on Twitter in recent years (if you want to reach me, send us an email instead of Tweeting), players around the world have a chance to show and develop their skills.

Tonight, we will see one of the most prominent – Nigeria Asia Oshoala, No 38 in The Guardian’s ranking of the best female footballers in the world. That puts her ahead of all six US players, and two of those six are injured. That’s more than any Canadian player.

That’s not based on building big numbers against overmatched African national teams. That is based on being one of the key players in the best team in women’s soccer for the past three years – Barcelona, ​​who have reached the last three Champions League finals and won two of them. In the 2022-23 campaign, she did led the team with an average of 0.95 goals every 90 minutes.

(To offer a dissenting view: A commenter on our “bold opinions” piece took me to task for saying that certain players who played in Europe’s top leagues might be the biggest threat to their quest through US turf. I thought that was a vague prediction on my part – even Canada has players in Europe in the neighborhood, as does the US itself – but perhaps the point was that I had applied “Far enough” on Nigeria.

Yes, if one player could make all the difference, we’d be drawing a World Cup career George Weah or George Best. But this Nigerian team has talent elsewhere too. Sevilla player Tony Payneface off tonight against Duke’s former partner Quinn (I promise that will be the only mention of my alma mater tonight), she was a standout player on the US national youth teams before declaring her allegiance to her parents’ home country. Francisca Ordega showed some offensive flair in her time with the Washington Spirit before moving on, currently landing at CSKA Moscow. Ifeoma Onumonu She scored 33 goals in her college career at California – the only Golden Bear to score more in this first than a designated person Alex Morgan – before joining the NWSL. goalkeeper Chiamaka repair locked down the starting job at Paris FC as a teenager in 2020.

Imagine what they could do if they didn’t have problems getting their paychecks.

This is not a game the Olympic champions can take lightly.

Good evening to North America, and good day to those in the countries that will be hosting things this time.

I have to tell you a secret. It might shock you.

Ready?

Promise?

Okay.

Canada could lose this game.

I’ll explain why in a moment…

Beau will be here soon. Meanwhile, check out our World Cup team guides for Nigeria and Canada ahead of their Group B clash in Melbourne.

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