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Nigeria have claimed a vital point in their opening Group B match at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ with a 0-0 draw against highly fancied Canada in Melbourne.
Chiamaka Nnadozie was the hero for the Super Falcons after she saved a 50th minute penalty from Canada’s Christine Sinclair after a VAR check had confirmed that Sinclair herself had been tripped in the area by forward Francisca Ordega.
A late red card – following another VAR check – for Nigeria gave the Canadians hope of a late winner. Deborah Abiodun was given her marching orders after her initial yellow card for a late tackle on Ashley Lawrence was upgraded to a red by the referee following consultation of the pitch-side monitor.
Switzerland has eased past the Philippines 2-0 in their Group A match in Dunedin.
Ramona Bachmann put the Swiss in front from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time before Seraina Piubel added a second in the 64th minute. The Swiss next face Norway in Hamilton while the Philippines meet New Zealand in Wellington on Tuesday.
Switzerland 2 (Ramona BACHMANN 45’, Seraina PIUBEL 64’)
Spain dominant against Costa Rica in Wellington
World number six ranked Spain have beaten Costa Rica 3-0 in their opening Group C match in Wellington.
The Spaniard’s peppered the Costa Rican goal from the outset and scored three goals in a six-minute period in the first spell.
They had 45 shots to just one for Costa Rica which highlighted Spain’s dominance.
Spain 3 (Valeria DEL CAMPO 21’ (OG), Aitana BONMATI 23’, Esther GONZALEZ 27’)
Costa Rica 0