The slim hopes of the Nigeria national women’s team, the Super Falcons progressing at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada were extinguished early Wednesday morning following the team’s 0-1 loss to USA in Vancouver.
The solitary goal from Abby Wambach who netted a volley seconds before half-time was enough to help the Americans finish top in the so called Group of Death while it was the end of the road for the African champions , Nigeria.
Going into Wednesday’s duel in Vancouver, the Nigerian women knew they were condemned to win if they were to progress and they did start brightly with Asisat Oshola close to getting the opener for the Falcons after an earlier goal by the USA was ruled offside.
The USA finally got in front mommnet before the half time whistle thus meaning the job for the Falcons just got harder.
The two-time world champions sustained the pressure on Nigeria in the second half and things became even worse for the Falcons in the 69th minute, when Sarah Nodim picked up her second yellow card as a result of bringing down Sydney Leroux just outside the area.
With their numerical advantage intact, USA kept possession well, with smart, experienced play to finish the game 1-0.
While it was end of the road for Nigeria who could only manage one point from three games, fellow African country Cameroon have sailed to the next phase after recording a 2-1 win over Switzerland.