Melbourne, July 21 – Canada have been held to a 0-0 draw towards Nigeria of their Group B opener on the 2023 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, right here on Friday.
Canada began the stronger of the 2 sides, however the reigning Olympic champion failed to interrupt the impasse. Nigeria then made some tactical changes, resulting in a number of highly effective pictures earlier than the break.
Canada was awarded a penalty within the fiftieth minute, however 40-year-old ahead Christine Sinclair’s effort was saved by Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.
Each groups adopted a extra assertive and aggressive strategy afterwards, however failed to search out the again of the web, a Xinhua report mentioned.
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Nigeria’s Deborah Abiodun was despatched off for a reckless deal with within the eighth minute of stoppage time, however Canada couldn’t capitalise on their numerical benefit.
Subsequent up in Group B, Canada will tackle Eire on July 26, whereas Nigeria faces co-host Australia the next day.