The United States Women’s National Team may have lost their shutout streak, but their win streak lives on. After their 4-0 win against the same Nigerian team 3 days ago, USA again started on their front foot. However, it was clear early on that Nigeria had no intention of making it easy for the US.
USA started off well, creating chances just minutes into the match, but the Nigerian team showed its resilience as well as their physicality as they cut out USA’s early chances with last minute tackles, blocked shots, and many fouls just outside their 18 yard box. Unfortunately for Nigerian defender Oluwatosin Blessing Demehin, her last minute lunge to clear a driven ball was misdirected into the back of her own net in the 24th minute to put USA up 1-0.
While those in attendance started to believe they were in for a flurry of goals, Nigeria continued to press and make playing through their lines difficult as they continued to bring down USA players in last-ditch efforts which coincidently saw them lead the way in committed fouls with 13 to just 3 for the Americans. However, their rigid tactics held the USA attack at bay and they began to find more of their rhythm as they attacked on the counter as USA committed more numbers forward looking for their second goal. Nigeria’s relentless work finally paid off in the 50th minute as Uchenna Kanu sent a beautiful curling shot past stranded USA goalkeeper Casey Murphy, which found the upper right corner of the net. The goal was the first conceded by the U.S. team in 9 consecutive matches.
Vlatko Andonovski, witnessing control of the game being threatened by a growing confidence in the Nigerian team, needed to make a change. This change came via Megan Rapinoe, who replaced young starlet Sophia Smith in the 65th minute. It took Rapinoe just 73 seconds to make her mark on the match after receiving a roaring introduction from the Washington DC faithful. Receiving a through ball down the left…
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Publish date : 2022-09-11 18:50:04
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