Sinclair misses penalty and Canada and Nigeria draw in Women’s World Cup debut | sport

The oldest player in this edition of the World Cup, Christine Sinclair had the chance to be the first woman to score in six editions of the World Cup. But he could not. It ended up in Nnadozie’s hands, which is a good thing for Brazilian Marta, who can achieve the feat on Monday. Better still for Nigeria, which managed to hold off the Canadian Olympic champion. The 0-0 scoreline does not match the quality on display in the game, but it was fair to award both teams at least a point.

With this draw, Canada and Nigeria are respectively tied for second and third place in Group D of the Women’s World Cup. The leader is Australia, with three, who beat last place Ireland in the first round. In the next round, the Canadians face the Irish, while the Australians face the Nigerians.

As the ball got rolling, Canada and Nigeria played a high-level match – as expected for the World Cup. Highlighting the tactical application of both teams. Especially among the Nigerians, who varied their marking block depending on the plays worked by the Canadians, who had more resources to have the ball at their feet and exchange passes. Lawrence, on the left side, was the one facing the most danger.

However, there were times when Canada gave the feeling that it lacked the creativity to break the opposing block. On the other hand, Nigeria knew exactly what to do when they won the ball. So, he organized some good chances and forced goalkeeper Sheridan to work. Most plays come from long throws after getting the ball in the backfield.

Life could have been much easier for Canada if Sinclair had taken advantage of the opportunity she created. At the start of the second half, she was brought down by Ortega inside the area and the penalty was awarded after consulting VAR. However, the number 12 jersey ended up in the hands of goalkeeper Nnadozie.

Sinclair takes a penalty for Canada — Photo: AFP

Substituted in the second half, she missed the opportunity to become the first athlete to score at six World Cups. Marta could be the first to achieve this feat: next Monday, Brazil will face Panama.

Nigeria also had a golden opportunity to open the scoring. Onumonu received a throw on the backline, crossed into the box and Kanu finished, but goalkeeper Sheridan made a spectacular save. Fortunately for the Nigerian striker, this decision would be disallowed for offside.

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