Women’s World Cup 2023: Nigeria defeats co-hosts Australia 3:2

Nigeria boosted their chance of qualifying for the next round by beating World Cup co-hosts Australia to blow Group B wide open with a 3:2 victory.

Emily van Egmond broke deadlock for Australian, but Uchenna Kanu found immediate reply; Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala made the difference from the bench, assisting Nigeria’s second and scoring their third.

The co-hosts now face an uphill battle to qualify from Group B, with both Nigeria and Canada in pole position to progress – both locked on four points at the top of the standings.

The star of the day was Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala, on from the bench, she teed up Osinachi Ohale to steal the lead, before Oshoala herself slot home the winner in the 72nd minute.

Group B play their final group games on Monday July 31. Nigeria take on already-knocked out Republic of Ireland while Australia take on Canada.