Matildas’ World Cup in peril after shock 3-2 loss to Nigeria

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The Matildas have slumped to a shock 3-2 loss to Nigeria and can seemingly should beat Canada with out Sam Kerr to keep away from a bunch stage exit at their house Ladies’s World Cup.

Australia (three factors, purpose distinction 0) sits third in Group B behind Nigeria (4 factors, +1) and Canada (4 factors, +1) after letting slip a 1-0 lead at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night time.

It means a draw towards the world No.7 in Melbourne on Monday seemingly received’t be sufficient to achieve the spherical of 16.

Emily van Egmond, who changed the concussed Mary Fowler as Australia’s secondary striker alongside Caitlin Foord, scored the opener within the first minute of first-half added time.

Nigeria took the wind out of Australia’s sails 5 minutes later when Uchenna Kanu equalised.

Within the second half, Australia’s assault did not capitalise on possibilities whereas its defence lapsed in entrance of 49,156 followers.

Osinachi Ohale toepoked Nigeria forward within the sixty fifth minute and Asisat Oshoala pounced on a defensive mix-up seven minutes later to seal Nigeria the three factors.

Coach Tony Gustavsson didn’t make any attacking modifications till bringing on Alex Chidiac within the eighty fifth minute.

Finally the hoem facet discovered the online, Alana Kennedy heading house from a nook 10 minutes into added time.

Ellie Carpenter then had a shot to safe a miracle draw saved within the closing moments because the Africans held on.

Fowler and Aivi Luik had been each dominated out after struggling concussions in separate incidents in Tuesday’s closed coaching.

The pair joined famous person captain Kerr (calf) and veteran striker Kyah Simon (knee) on the sidelines.

Australia began the sport confidently on the ball however regardless of dominating possession, they created few significant possibilities, particularly by means of the center.

The Matildas scored when Nigeria turned the ball over from a nook and Gorry burst ahead and labored the ball ahead to Foord.

The striker had the presence of thoughts to sq. it to van Egmond, who coolly steered it into the underside nook.

Nigeria deflated Australia with nearly the final kick of the half.

Rasheedat Ajibade burst down the left wing and her cross took a fortuitous deflection off Carpenter and into the trail of Kanu, who coolly completed

It was Nigeria’s first shot on course and its third in whole, with Australia having 12 for the half.

Gorry skimmed a robust shot over the bar simply two minutes into the second half however from there, Nigeria began to open up the Matildas.

The world No.39 facet referred to as on Barcelona star Oshoala within the sixty fourth minute and the Tremendous Falcons took the lead a minute later.

Ajibade headed the ball throughout the face and Ohale bundled it house.

Seven minutes later, below stress from Oshoala, Alanna Kennedy tried to move a Nigeria lengthy ball again to Arnold however as an alternative knocked it to the striker’s path to finish the Matildas’ undoing.

-AAP


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