Summer Series: Super Falcons hold Portugal in six-goal thriller

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons celebrate a great win when they held Portugal’s Women national team to a 3-3 draw in the second match of the summer series at the BBVA Compass Stadium on Monday morning.

The Super Falcons showed high resilience as they battled from two-goal deficits twice to equalize in the dying moments of the entertaining encounter.

Randy Waldrum’s Falcons bounced back from a 1-0 defeat to Jamaican national women’s teams at the four-nation tournament in the United States of America on June 10.

Though Assisat Oshoala had earlier missed the opener due to a visa issue, she later returned on time for the clash against the Portuguese ladies who also lost their opening match to the United States by 1-0.

The six-goal thriller began with Portugal scoring twice in the 22nd and 34th minutes through forward Telma Encarnação and captain Carole Costa, despite having an initial second goal cancelled for offside.

Nigerian falcons pulled a goal back just before halftime through forward Michelle Alozie, after Portugal missed a chance to go 3-0 in the 42nd minute when Oluehi pulled a save from Jessica Silva.

The Portuguese regained their two-goal lead in the second half from a mistake in the back. By halftime substitute defender Salome Zogg whose poor clearance went to Jacinto who teed up Encarnação for the goal.

However, the Falcons put up a fierce fight and were able to pull one back through an own goal from Portugal four minutes later.

Diana Gomes’ attempt to prevent Oshoala from a Rasheedt Ajibade cross hit her foot as she fell and ploughed into her own net, resulting in a great victory.

Oluehi, then denied Portugal another goal in the 61st, pushing away an almost point black shot for a corner kick.

The ladies struck the crossbar in the 83rd minute, but with six minutes to stoppage time, the Falcons soared and pulled a leveller through Ajibade as the team went wild in celebration, immediately the final whistle blew seconds later.

After playing two matches each in the Summer Series, Portugal and Jamaica now head home while the USA and Nigeria will finish the Summer Series on June 16 in Austin, Texas in what will be the first-ever match at the brand new Q2 Stadium.

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