U.S. beats Nigeria 2-1 in second leg women’s friendly soccer match
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Nigeria’s Super Falcons 2-1 in a second leg match, trailing their 4-0 first leg victory against the Falcons on September 3, to extend their home winning streak to 71 games.
The match was played at Audi Field Stadium in Washington D.C, United States on September 6, where the Americans earned their second victory over the Super Falcons in four days due to a first-half own goal from Nigeria.
Then a spectacular header from midfielder Rose Lavelle, who received a flawless pass from forward Megan Rapinoe just seconds after coming off the bench.
The match’s first netting came from Blessing Demehin’s own goal against her Nigerian team in the 24th minute. This came after Mallory Pugh intercepted a pass from Emily Fox, a defender, on the left wing, and fired a low cross into the box in response to Lindsey Horan’s advance.
Demehin attempted to clear the pass to safety but unintentionally slammed the ball into her own net to start the scoring.
50 minutes into the game, Uchenna Kanu scored an equalizer to balance her team member’s own goal. The pass came from Glory Ogbonna’s long shot across the field.
Kanu fired a right-footed shot into the upper right corner of the net as she controlled the ball, dribbled into the box, and shove the ball past U.S. goalkeeper Casey Murphy.
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The Americans heat up the game’s tempo after the goal, charging into a 66th minute goal from Lavelle.
It came from Rapinoe’s run on the ball at the left side of the box after an attack in the middle of the field. Rapinoe took a stunning touch at the ball before sending it across to Lavelle.
Lavelle completed the play with a diving header, diverting the ball from six yards out off the right post and over the goal line to give the USA a 2-1 lead.
The match was played in the front of a packed stadium of 18,869 spectators
Source: News Agencies
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