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CYPRUS CUP: Nigeria’s Falcons bounce back from Austria defeat to beat Slovakia

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Nigeria senior women’s football team, Super Falcons put up a fine performance on Friday to secure their first win at the ongoing Cyprus Women’s Cup.

The Nigerian ladies squandered a three goal lead in the game against Slovakia, but fought back to win 4-3 in matchday two.

It was a bounce back from a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Austria in their first Group C match earlier this week.

Rita Chikwelu opened the scoring in the 17th minute, Osinachi Ohale doubled the lead on 38 minutes before Chikwelu fired again to put Nigeria 3-0 up at half time.

Slovakia then started a comeback after the break, with a goal from Jana Vojtekova and a double by Lucia Haršanyová (one a penalty) to level 3-3.

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But Anam Imo scored in the 82nd minute to put Nigeria ahead again, thanks to an assist from Asisat Oshoala.

The Falcons held on to the lead to ensure they edged past the Slovaks at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca.

Their next group C clash is against Belgium on Monday, a game that would decide their fate in the 12-team competition.

Participation at the Cyprus Women’s Cup dor the nine-time African champions is part of preparations ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup billed for June/July in France.

 

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