Nigeria’s senior female football team, the Super Falcon were narrowly beaten by an inspired USA side as the super falcons crashed out of the world cup in the group stage. Abby Wambach scored the only goal of the game just before half time.
In what began as a cagey affair with neither team unwilling to give anything away defensively, USA strted to take the initiative in the game and were rewarded in the 45th minute as Abby Wambch ran in at the back post to volley Rapinoe corner kick into the net. Nigeria struggled to get any smooth passage of play going in the second half and their job was made more difficult in the 69th minute when Nnodim received her marching orders after picking up a second yellow card. Nigeria threatened to equalize before the end of the game but USA held on to send Nigeria packing from the tournament.
USA’s win over Nigeria means they would top the group and go into the second round with a better chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals.