How Rasheedat Ajibade rescued Super Falcons from defeat against Portugal

How Rasheedat Ajibade rescued Super Falcons from defeat against Portugal

Super Falcons avoided a second consecutive loss after forcing  Portugal to a 3-3 draw at BBVA Stadium on Monday morning.


The West Africans went into the game at the back of their narrow loss to Jamaica last Thursday, but they were fortunate to avoid another embarrassing defeat.


Nigeria coach Randy Waldrum picked a very strong squad for the match with Asisat Oshoala back in the side after missing the defeat to Jamaica.


Levante forward Francisca Ordega also recovered from a slight knock to take part in the game, while Rasheedat Ajibade and Rita Chikwelu also got the nod to start.


The first goal of the game came in the 21st minute when Chidinma Okeke turned the ball into her own net.


The Francisco Neto’s side doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Carole Costa beat goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi from an acute angle.


Nigeria reduced the deficit a few minutes to the end of the first half, though one of the new players in the squad Michelle Alozie.


Portugal regained their two goals lead when Telma Encarnacao found the back of the net three minutes after the restart, but Diana Gomes gave the Falcons lifeline when she turned the ball into her own net, and four minutes later.


Falcons managed to avoid another as Atletico Madrid midfielder Rasheedat Ajibade snatched a late equalizer for the West Africans.


The Super Falcons will play host country United States in their next outing on June 17.

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