Nigeria Stuns Co-Hosts Australia with Historic Victory at FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Nigeria delivered a stunning upset at the Women’s World Cup, claiming a historic 3-2 victory over co-hosts Australia. The game saw Emily van Egmond electrify the home fans just before halftime, giving Australia the lead with a well-taken goal. However, Uchenna Kanu quickly dampened the celebrations by scrambling home a scuffed cross, securing Nigeria’s first goal of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 tournament.

In the second half, Nigeria extended their lead with a close-range header from Osinachi Ohale and a brilliant finish from Asisat Oshoala at a tight angle. Oshoala’s goal made her the first African player to score at three Women’s World Cups.

Despite a late goal from Alanna Kennedy in the 10th minute of added time, Nigeria held on for a memorable victory, propelling the Super Falcons to the top of Group B.

With this result, Nigeria now holds a one-point advantage going into their final group game against already eliminated Ireland, while Australia faces a must-win match against Canada, who is currently one point behind the Olympic champion.

Nigeria’s head coach, Randy Waldrum, expressed immense pride in his team’s performance, acknowledging the belief and unity that drove them to achieve greatness. He praised their heart and determination, especially in withstanding Australia’s late onslaught.

Australia, missing key players Sam Kerr and Mary Fowler due to injury, had several opportunities but struggled to convert them into goals. Nonetheless, coach Tony Gustavsson remained positive about their performance, emphasizing their domination in statistics.

The match showcased Nigeria’s resilience and tactical prowess, with key players stepping up when needed. Waldrum’s tactical decision to start Oshoala on the bench proved to be a masterstroke, as she made an immediate impact upon entering the game.

Australia’s defense faltered under pressure, leading to crucial lapses that allowed Nigeria to capitalize and secure their well-deserved victory.

This win gives Nigeria a significant confidence boost ahead of their encounter with Ireland, while Australia faces a challenging task in their final group game against Canada. The Women’s World Cup continues to surprise and captivate fans with its thrilling and unpredictable matches.