Hopes of the female national team Super Falcons’ of advancing in the on-going FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, were dashed, early Wednesday morning, as the team lost their last group match to the United States, thus crashing out of the competition.
The Super Falcons lost by a lone goal to the Olympic champions the United States of America. While the victors advanced to the last 16, the Falcons completed their poor run by finishing bottom of the table with just one point.
Captain Abby Wambach scored her 183rd international goal for the ‘Stars and Stripes’ to ensure the 1991 and 1999 champions finish top of Group D on front of a crowd of capacity crowd of nearly 53,000 at BC Place Stadium.
Wambach’s 14th World Cup goal came just before half time off a Megan Rapinoe corner and leaves her just one shy of Brazil star Marta’s record 15 achieved earlier in the tournament.
Nigeria were playing without defender Ugo Njoku who was suspended for three games for elbowing Australian midfielder Sam Kerr in the face during their group clash last week.
The African champions played the last 20 minutes with 10 women after defender Sarah Nnodim was red carded following a second yellow card following a challenge on Rapinoe.