4- Nation tourney: Falcons beat Romania 4-1 to win 3rd place trophy


Thomas Dennerby’s side scored three times in the final 25 minutes to fuel 4-1 thrashing of the Europeans in Wuhua.

Nigeria senior women team responded to their China disappointing loss with a 4-1 hammering of European side Romania on Sunday.

Having been thrashed 3-0 at the Wuhua Olympic Sports Stadium on Thursday, the pressure was on Thomas Dennerby’s ladies to redeem themselves and they ensured the bounce back.

Late in the first half, Chinwendu Ihezuo marked her starting debut at the senior level with a goal as her strike broke the deadlock to see the Super Falcons go into the break 1-0 up.

But the Europeans, who suffered a 3-0 loss to South Korea on Thursday, leveled matters five minutes after the restart of the game.

Dennerby urged his players on, while throwing Brighton forward Ini-Abasi Umotong into the fray in the quest to regain the lead and they succeeded.

Onome Ebi scored in the 63rd minute to restore the lead before Rita Chikwelu and Umotong added the third and fourth inside the final 20 minutes to seal the third-place trophy.

The result will lift the spirit of the African champions as they return to the country on Monday to shift focus to their next Women’s World Cup preparatory tournament in Cyprus next month.

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