Women's World Cup Recap - Nigeria vs. Canada|
(Tuesday, July 5, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Nigeria 1, Canada 0
Dresden, Germany (Sports Network) - Although neither team would advance
from Group A, Nigeria and Canada put on an attacking display with many scoring
chances in Dresden.
A short power outage at Rudolf Harbig Stadion stopped play halfway through the
second half, with Nigeria adapting better following the delay as Perpetua
Nkwocha tallied the lone goal in a 1-0 win for the African side over Canada.
"I said yesterday that we needed to take this game seriously and we did, as
did Canada," Nigeria coach Ngozi Uche said. "I'm pleased we were able to win
Canada set the tone early by getting into some dangerous positions and taking
advantage of some sloppy Nigerian defending.
What followed was a flurry of clear-cut scoring opportunities.
Nigeria's Ebere Orji made a quick run down the left side, received the ball in
space, and found herself one-on-one with Karin LeBlanc, but the Canadian
goalkeeper made a quick reaction save to keep the match scoreless.
Canada then countered in the 21st minute with a Melissa Tancredi shot that was
tipped by Nigerian goalkeeper Precious Dede off the post and out for a corner
Several minutes later, Nigeria possessed the ball down the right side of
field, penetrated into the box and slid a low cross in front of the goal, only
for Orji's shot to strike the post.
After some even play from both sides, Nigeria struck the woodwork again in
similar fashion just before the halftime whistle. A low cross from the right
side of the box was redirected toward goal by Nkwocha, but the shot rattled
off the post.
Both teams returned for the second half and continued their even exchange of
scoring chances. Canada earned several opporunities early in the half by
playing some dangerous balls into the box.
Play came to a halt momentarily in the 71st minute due to a power outage at
the stadium and once play resumed, Nigeria immediately went on the attack and
earned a goal for their efforts.
In the 84th minute, a shot from distance was deflected and trickled into the
box, where Nkwocha collected possession and calmly slotted the ball into the
back of the net for Nigeria's first and only goal of the tournament.
The result leaves Nigeria in third place in Group A, while Canada, which was
expecting to find itself in the knockout round, exits the tournament having
lost all three of its matches.
"My team worked very hard today," Canada coach Carolina Morace said. "It was a
tough match. We played some good football and the team did everything I told
them to. ... but Nigeria scored the goal."
07/05 20:16:00 ET