Super Falcons battle to a draw against Sweden
The Super Falcons of Nigeria on Monday came from behind twice to play a 3-3 draw with Sweden in their first game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup going on in Canada.
The Falcons were trailing Sweden 2-nil at the end of the first half after Nigeria’s striker, Desire Oparanozie scored an own-goal and Nilla Fischer hit the back of the net in the 20th and 31st minutes of the game respectively.
But the Falcons drew the battle line in the early minutes of the second half with two quick goals from Ngozi Okobi and the current BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala.
The Super Falcons soon fell behind again when Linda Sembrant put a goal past veteran goalkeeper Precious Dede on the hour mark.
However, Francisca Ordega ensured that Nigeria earned a draw by scoring a sublime goal after collecting a pass from Okobi three minutes from time.
Ngozi Okobi was named the player of the match.
Nigeria will square up against Australia in their next match which will be played on June 12, at John Scouras Field, Winnipeg Soccer Complex, Winnipeg.