The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup continued on Thursday (on FOX and the FOX Sports app) with Nigeria playing to a scoreless draw against Group B favorite and reigning Olympic champion Canada at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Australia.
Highlights: Nigeria and Canada battle to draw
Thursday’s game had more cards – two yellow and one red – than the previous two games combined (two).
Canada was captained by power forward Christine Sinclair, 40, who has 190 goals and more than 300 caps over her 22-year career.
On the other side, Nigeria was led by star defender Onome Ebi, also 40. Both made their sixth World Cup appearance.
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Nigeria 0, Canada 0
90’+8′: Seeing red
Nigerian midfielder Deborah Abiodun was shown a red card in added time, as things ended in a goalless draw.
Nigeria’s Deborah Abiodun receives a red card
75′: Star power
The Super Falcons pulled out all the stops in the second half, as both teams continued to battle.
71′: Sinclair retired
In an unusual setting, Canada fielded a replacement for Sinclair, who left a World Cup match early for the second time.
66′: Not so fast
Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie came up with block after block in the second half to keep things competitive.
50′: What a save!
Sinclair – the leading goal scorer in the history of international soccer – was unable to capitalize on her penalty in the second half, as Nnadozie came up with a big save to keep Canada out.
Nigeria’s Chiamaka Nnadozie makes a great save on PK
47′: First VAR review
Canada were awarded a penalty after a VAR review confirmed a foul on Nigerian forward Francisca Ordega.
Nnadozie made a late save in the first half to keep her team safe.
35′: Teamwork in full swing
Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala had a golden opportunity to put her team on the board, but the Canadians had other plans.
Abiodun’s shot late in the first half was too high, and things remained a stalemate.
29′: Full effort
Jordyn Huitema almost put the Canadians ahead in the first half, but her header went just wide to the right.
Nigerian striker Ifeoma Onumonu had a shot midway through the first half, but Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan wasn’t letting anything pass her and came up with a crucial save to keep things scoreless.
18′: No stop
Huitema won a free kick early in the first half after tripping Nigerian defender Michelle Alozie, who narrowly avoided a yellow card in the process.
9′: What could have been
Sinclair was this is close to get his squad on the board first straight out of the gate, but his effort was to no avail.
Setting the stage
The “World Cup Now” crew previewed the game live on Twitter before kick-off.
One goal in mind
Canada’s roster in this tournament has 39.1% of its members (nine players) from the Women’s National Soccer League; no one on the roster plays at home in Canada.
‘This group is capable of anything’ — Christine Nic na Cearda
In comparison, Nigeria has no players in the NWSL.
Having said that, Nigeria have the excellent striker Oshoala, who was the top scorer in the Spanish Liga F last season.
Check out the full Women’s World Cup schedule and how to watch every game live here. Get the latest scores here.
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