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BREAKING! Women’s World Cup 2023: Nigeria beats world cup host, top table


BREAKING! Women’s World Cup 2023: Nigeria beats world cup host, top table


Australia’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup are in danger after Nigeria shocked the tournament co-hosts with a stunning 3-2 win in Brisbane.

In the upset of the tournament so far, Nigeria came from behind to take top spot in Group B, leaving Australia behind second-placed Canada ahead of their crunch meeting in Melbourne on Monday.

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Australia, who were again without star striker Sam Kerr, took the lead through Emily van Egmond but Nigeria equalised on the stroke of half time before goals from Osinachi Ohale and Asisat Oshoala stunned the hosts.

Alanna Kennedy pulled one back deep in stoppage time, but Australia couldn’t salvage a draw and they will now have to beat the Olympic champions Canada in order to advance to the knockouts.

Women’s World Cup 2023: Australia 2-3 Nigeria

Asisat Oshoala’s goal is the difference between the teams at the end of this game. She’s ensured that Nigeria become the first African team to win at this edition of the Women’s World Cup.

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Women’s World Cup 2023: Australia 2-3 Nigeria

Lapses in concentration and a lack of energy in the second half has cost Australia this game. After two group games, Nigeria are top of Group B with four points from six.

In second are Canada who also have four points while Australia sit third on three. Ireland are already out of the tournament but they could still influence this group if they defeat Nigeria next time out.

Australia must beat Canada to guarantee a spot in the knockout rounds. Expect Sam Kerr to feature in that match after missing the first two due to injury.

Women’s World Cup LIVE: Australia 2-3 Nigeria


90+13 mins: Time runs out for Australia. They fought to the very end but Nigeria get over the line with a victory that blows up Group B.

Nigeria, Australia and Canada are all within one point of each other going into the final group games. Nigeria face the Republic of Ireland whilst Australia take on the Canadians.

Nigeria move to the top of the group. What a result.

Women’s World Cup LIVE: Australia 1-3 Nigeria

90+6 mins: Save! Australia whip the cross into the box from the right side of the pitch. The ball skims over the top of Alanna Kennedy’s head but bounces up nicely for Caitlin Foord who bombs a header at goal only for Chiamaka Nnadozie to palm the effort away.

Great save from Nigeria’s goalkeeper who keeps her team’s two-goal advantage in tact.

Women’s World Cup LIVE: Australia 1-3 Nigeria

90+3 mins: Emily van Egmond flicks the ball into the right side of the box for Alex Chidiac who controls it then lifts a prodded effort over the top!

That was a close one but Australia still need goals.

Women’s World Cup LIVE: Australia 1-3 Nigeria

87 mins: Australia have looked a little bereft of ideas in this match. Chidiac collects a knock down from Alanna Kennedy and shifts into the left side of the box, She shoots but her low effort is smothered by Chiamaka Nnadozie diving across to her right.

Women’s World Cup LIVE: Australia 1-3 Nigeria

84 mins: Echegini gives away a free kick and Australia have the chance to get one bakc. Catley and Raso stand over the ball before a change in personnel sees Raso leave the pitch.

Alex Chidiac comes on as the set piece is flicked into the box. Nigeria boot the ball away without too much trouble.

Women’s World Cup LIVE: Australia 1-3 Nigeria

81 mins: Inside the final 10 minutes of the match now. Australia haven’t made any substitutions but they’re starting to increase the pressure on Nigeria.

Caitlin Foord receives the ball on the left wing. She cuts inside and pings a decent shot at goal where Chiamaka Nnadozie tips it over the top.

The referee awards Nigeria a goal kick and Foord isn’t happy.

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