Nigeria’s Super Falcons fell to a 2-1 defeat against Canada in a pre – World Cup friendly encounter at the Pinatar Arena, Murcia on Monday, reports Completesports.com.
Canada, who are ranked fifth in the world dominated the opening exchanges but it was the African champions that took the lead three minutes before the half hour mark courtesy of a fine strike by Desire Oparanozie.
Talented winger Uchenna Kanu dribbled past two Canadian players before setting up Oparanozie who calmly slotted the ball into the net.
The goal rattled the Canadians and they fought hard to get back into the game immediately but they were unable to find a breakthrough in the remaining part of the first half.
The North Americans levelled scores three minutes after the break through Beckie Janine.
Substitute Sophie Schmidt scored the winning goal for Canada in the 53rd minute with her well placed header going past Tochukwu Oluehi.
The Canadians are now unbeaten in their last six games .
The Super Falcons who defeated Icelandic Women’s topflight side UMF Selfoss 6-1 in a friendly encounter last week Friday will now focus their attention on the WAFU Women’s tournament as they continue their build-up ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France
Thomas Dennerby’s ladies will face hosts France, Norway and Korea Republic in Group A at the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.
By Adeboye Amosu