The Canadian women’s soccer team came from behind twice in a thrilling 2-2 draw with the Super Falcons of Nigeria at the Starlight stadium in Langford.
Having lost the first leg in Vancouver last week, Randy Waldrum’s ladies knew they have a point to prove to their fans and to the world.
“This is part of the process to get to where a team like Canada or a top team in the world is at. The result is not as important as the quality of play,” Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum said after the game on Friday to EaglesTracker.
Super Falcons took the lead through Ifeoma Onumonu who played a cheeky backheel past the Canadian goalkeeper, Kailen Sheridan in the fifth minute. It came off a free kick that bounced around in front of Sheridan, who had little chance.
Christine Sinclair who was introduced at the beginning of the second half, draw the host level in the 49th minute, taking advantage of a miscommunication between the Nigerian goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie and her defenders.
Four minutes later, Rasheedat Ajibade restored the visitors lead. Her cross was helplessly watched by the Canadian goalkeeper as it sailed into the net.
With two minutes of regular time left to play, Shelina Zadorsky headed home a cross from Janine Beckie to draw the host level again and to deny Super Falcons what could have been a famous win. 2-2 it ended.
Reacting after the game, Canadian defender, Shelina Zadorsky who equalised for the home side said she’s disappointed that they couldn’t keep a clean sheet against the African Champions.
“As a defender, I’m disappointed we didn’t get a clean sheet but we kept fighting right until the very end. I’ve been trying to be an absolute threat on set pieces. It felt great to get us back in the game.” She said.