Nigeria’s Super Falcons were beaten 2-1 by Canada at the Pinatar Arena in a pre-World Cup friendly on Monday afternoon, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The Canadian ladies are rated the fifth best team in the FIFA rankings.
Coach Thomas Dennerby ladies that made a quick start in Murcia and three minutes into the game Rita Chikwelu was denied by Canada’s goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Desire Oparanozie would however put Nigeria in the lead with a superb finish after a quality pass from Uchenna Kana in the 26th minute.
But the Canadians came back strongly after the break with Beckie Janine equalising in the 48th minute of the balanced game.
And in the 53rd minute, Sophie Schmidt rose highest to hit a terrific header past Tochukwu Oluchi in the Nigerian goal. Sophie had received a cross from Jayde Riviere to complete the turnaround for the European nation.
Kanu nearly grabbed an equaliser for the Falcons after getting onto the end of a pass from Ngozi Ebere but her effort failed to trouble McLeod. The Falcons are on a playing tour of Spain as part of their build up to the World Cup in France.