By Izuchukwu Okosi
Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Monday at the Roazhon Park, Rennes suffered a 1-0 defeat to France in their final Group A game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to finish third in the log with three points..
Defensive stalwart Wendie Renard scored the winning goal from the spot 10 minutes from time after her initial penalty had to be retaken with Nigeria’s goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie stepping out of the goal line which negates the new rules on penalties.
The Falcons gave away the balls many times in the first half as both teams struggled to create goal scoring chances.
The African champions finished the game with ten players after left back Ngozi Ebere got a second yellow card that culminated in the spot kick – which rules her and Rita Chikwelu – another player who saw yellow and potentially out of the Round of 16 game likely to be against Germany.
The West Africans will now hope to pick a slot among the four best third-placed teams in the competition after the completion of other groups’ games.