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Canada 2-2 Nigeria: Super Falcons draw Olympic champions in women’s friendly

The Nigeria Super Falcons has draw the second match with current Olympic champion, Canada in the women’s football friendly at the Starlight Stadium, Langford, after losing their first friendly to Canada (2-0) in Vancouver.

But the Olympic champions fell behind early when Ifeoma Onumonu played a cheeky backheel past starting goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan in the fifth minute. It came off a free kick that bounced around in front of Sheridan, who had little chance.

Canada immediately pressed and carried much of the play throughout the game. Its best early opportunity came off a free kick by Adriana Leon, which was deflected just over the bar by diving Nigerian keeper Cynthia Nnadozie in the 19th minute.

Beckie then rattled a left-footed offering off the goalpost midway through the half and Kadeisha Buchanan’s follow-up was thwarted by a host of Nigerian defenders off the ensuing scramble.

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Canada, ranked sixth in the world, played in red jerseys with each player’s name and number emblazoned in gold in recognition of its medal. Nigeria, meanwhile, wore a less than traditional forest green and sits at No. 39 in the world rankings.

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