At the Women's World Cup on Thursday, Nigeria upset co-hosts Australia, winning famously 3-2.

Just before halftime, Emily van Egmond scored to put Australia ahead and send the home crowd into a frenzy.

Uchenna Kanu delivered the first sucker punch to deflate the celebrations at the Brisbane Stadium by scrambling home Nigeria's opening goal of the 2023 competition while the stadium was bouncing from the Australian supporters.

Osinachi Ohale's close-range header and Asisat Oshoala's finish from a tight angle extended Nigeria's lead in the second half. Oshoala's goal made history by becoming her the first African to score at three Women's World Cups.

Alanna Kennedy did score for Australia in the tenth minute of extra time, giving them a glimmer of hope, but Nigeria held on for a remarkable triumph that put the Super Falcons at the top of Group B.

Nigeria now leads by one point going into its last group match against Ireland, which has already been eliminated, while Australia, who is one point behind the Olympic winner, will play Canada in a game that must be won.

Randy Waldrum, the head coach of Nigeria, exclaimed, "I'm really proud of them. "I reminded them after the game that no one else had faith in us but us. Together, we had the conviction that we could achieve great things, and they achieved just that.

"It came on pure heart and desire to compete and fight," Waldrum continued. At the very end, they were throwing everything at us, but the guys just resisted it. They should be commended for making that type of effort to achieve this outcome, in my opinion. Who would have believed we could defeat Australia with three goals?

Astonishing the hosts

A World Cup host team performing in front of their own supporters is always entertaining.

At Brisbane Stadium, it was the same: a boisterous audience, full of life and song, supporting their favorite athletes wearing their home uniforms.

The Matildas' second match of the Women's World Cup versus Nigeria was cheered on by the bouncing fans in their gold and green uniforms.

Cheers surged then sank each time the Matildas had the ball as Australia advanced in waves of attacks, turning into a collective sigh when the opportunity to score slipped away.

Australian supporters spontaneously broke into a synchronized clap, urging their team to the other end of the pitch as a drum beat kept rhythm in the background.

Van Egmond successfully steered a cross into the bottom corner and went to celebrate with the rest of her teammates and the coaching staff, showing that those supporters' dedication and enthusiasm had finally paid off.

The goal was greeted by enormous, almost deafening cheers, and it appeared like Australia, which had defeated Ireland in its initial group game, was on the verge of securing its place in the Women's World Cup's knockout rounds.


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