In the opening match of the Women’s World Cup 2023 in Melbourne, Canada and Nigeria played out a goalless draw, each claiming a point.
Veteran player Christine Sinclair had a golden opportunity to give the Olympic champions the lead with a penalty at the beginning of the second half.
However, Nigeria’s goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie made a brilliant diving save, denying Sinclair’s shot.
Throughout the match, Nnadozie displayed exceptional goalkeeping skills, saving two shots on target and disrupting numerous other attacking opportunities, showcasing Nigeria’s impressive defensive spirit.
In the early stages of the game, Canada dominated possession, but Nigeria’s confidence grew as the match progressed, leading to some attacking chances.
Nigeria’s Ifeoma Onumonu came close to scoring the opening goal with a powerful long-range shot, brilliantly stopped by Canada’s goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.
The first half ended in a more balanced manner, with both teams exchanging momentum.
However, Nigeria will be without Deborah Ajibola Abiodun in their next match against Australia after she received a red card for a dangerous tackle on Canada’s Ashley Lawrence late in the game.