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Falcons’ Keeper Saves Penalty as Nigeria, Canada Match Ends in Draw

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Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie’s 50th-minute save denied Canada’s Christine Sinclair a place in history in a scoreless draw at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The result meant Nigeria and Canada shared the spoils in their tight Group B opener in Melbourne, with the two captains involved in the game’s pivotal moment.

After a goalless opening half, Canada were awarded a penalty shortly after the break, with captain, Sinclair, stepping up to the spot.

Her kick was thwarted by a superb stop by Nnadozie.

A Sinclair goal would have made the 40-year-old the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s oldest scorer.

The Super Falcons will take on the tournament’s co-hosts, Australia, in their next match on 27 July.

They would do so without midfielder Deborah Abiodun who was shown a red card late in second-half stoppage time.

They will then round off their group-stage matches against the Republic of Ireland on 31 July 31.

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, kicked off on July 20 and will end on Aug. 20.


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