Barcelona Femeni of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala struck a marvelous second half goal on Wednesday to help Nigeria’s Super Falcons record a heartwarming 2-0 win against South Korea at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
While the Falcons had gone ahead late in the first half courtesy an own goal by Korea’s Kim Doyeon’s own goal at Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, Oshoala kept her cool close to the dn of full time to make it two.
Oshoala held off a defender before rounding the Korean keeper to score Nigeria’s second goal, which left the Asians anchored at the bottom of Group A with no point and a goal difference of minus six.
Oshoala’s 75th minute goal, with an assist by Chidinma Okeke, put the icing on the cake for a return to winning for Nigeria, who lost their opening match 3-0 against Norway, and though, she was later replaced by Uchenna Kanu in the 83rd minute, the job had been done.
Ana Imo had also earlier gone on for off-form Francisca Ordega in the 80th minute, as the Falcons enacted a historic victory that many observers reckoned was evocative of the form exhibited by Mercy Akide-Udoh et al 20 years ago in United States of America.
The result kept Nigeria in the competition and even standing high on the scales of third placed teams that could get round of 16 fixtures, as the Falcons seek to equal the historic quarter-final record set at USA ’99.
While the Falcons will now aim to cut their deficiencies against hosts France on Monday, South Korea, who face Norway in their third and final group match same day, are yet to score a goal nor earn a point, despite qualifying for the Mundial after finishing fifth at the 2018 Asian Cup.