Nigeria’s Super Falcons have opened their World Cup campaign in Canada with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Sweden.
An unfortunate own goal from Desire Oparanozie gave the Swedes the lead 20 minutes into the match. Emma Berglund’s flicked header from a corner kick was redirected into Nigeria’s net by the No9’s chest. A poor clearance off another Swedish corner made it 2-0, Nilla Fischer able to tap in to an empty net after the ball made its way through the crowd.
Nigeria’s front line refused to go quiet, however, and just after the break two goals in quick succession leveled matters. Ngozi Okobi’s brilliant first afforded the No13 plenty of room and space and coolly fired past Hedvig Lindahl. Three minutes later, Asisat Oshoala, the golden shoe winner at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 opened her account for this tournament with a fine individual effort after a well-played ball out of the back from Onome Ebi.
Substitute Linda Sembrant handed the lead back to Sweden after good build-up play on the left side resulted in Lina Nilsson’s cross that Sembrant managed direct past Precious Dede with her thigh.
However, Francisca Ordega would salvage a point for the Super Falcons three minutes from time with a shot that managed to slip through the legs of Lindahl, leaving matters level at 3-3.
The Super Falcons will face Australia in their next game on June 12.