By Ayo Kehinde
Lee Schuller netting the third and final goal which came from a wrong Nigerian pass
With a 2-0 lead in the first half scored in the 21st mins and 26th mins and an 82nd min goal in the second, Germany roared pass Nigeria in the ongoing Women’s World Cup in France. Germany took the lead from a goalmouth scramble following a corner kick which Alexandra Popp headed pass Nnadozie.
But the second goal, which came from a penalty was given by VAR after Nwabuoke’s leg made contact with Magull and the referee could not easily decode it. Daebritz made a quick work of it as goalie Nnadozie, who had guessed correctly where the shot was going hesitated and stayed on her line, possibly for fear of VAR ruling, coming after the loss to France courtesy of the VAR awarded penalty retake.
Few minutes later Nigeria had the same kind of leg contact in the German box and Super Falcons drew the referee attention, no VAR was invited to confirm.
Demoralised, the Super Falcons lost concentration and when the golden chance came in the 58th min, Ajibade, who substituted Nwabuoke, connected a superb pass to Oparanozie but she could not make the connection into a net, left gaping by the displaced German goalie. A buoyed Germany team took the offensive and kept capitalizing on mistakes by the wearied Falcons. That cost them dearly in the 82nd min when Ajibade, the substitute, who has just been booked, tried to pass the ball back to a teammate but got it all wrong and it ended up feeding in Lee Schuller in the box.
Lee Schuller just kept her cool and blasted it into the back of the net – right in the corner.