Ajakaye Opeyemi and Amina Bello led the assault in a 4-4-2 form as Nigeria instantly started to assault, enjoying excessive press recreation.
Opeyemi, who was named the sport’s most beneficial participant in Nigeria’s 3-1 victory in opposition to New Zealand, continued the place she left off by organizing her crew’s opening objective in opposition to Chile.
The assault, which started with a throw-in on the left wing, noticed Opeyemi get to the ball contained in the field and discover Emmanuel Blessing after nutmegging Chile’s Emma Gonzalez within the fourth minute.
For the primary time on the World Cup, Blessing began because the crew captain, and he positioned the ball within the decrease left nook.
With Opeyemi on the heart of the assault as soon as extra, Nigeria virtually doubled its benefit within the 28th minute.
Opeyemi made a run up the suitable aspect, minimize to her left, and fired a shot after ranging from the again. Catalina Alvarado, the goalie for Chile, was unable to carry the ball, and Amina Bello acquired it. Despite being on course, Bello’s header was stopped by a objective line clearance by Monserrat, and the Chilean crew exhaled in reduction.
On the opposite hand, Chile’s attacking play was a group of errant passes. Nigeria’s crew, led by head coach Bankole Olowookere, performed with particular person marking, intercepted every ahead cross, and didn’t permit a single shot on objective within the opening interval.
Opeyemi hit the crossbar as soon as within the 73rd minute as Nigeria continued to press, whereas Bello compelled two excellent saves from Alvarado within the 69th and 79th minutes.
As the beaming Nigerian head coach praised the crew’s effort, the second objective was scored within the 82nd minute when Bisola Mosaku headed Miracle Usani’s free kick in from the suitable.
After Rachel Ramirez touched Anais Cifuentes’ cross from the suitable, it landed for Ambar Figueroa within the penalty space, giving Chile an opportunity to win the sport. Figueroa’s try was deflected off Omamuzo Edafe’s left hand, and the referee Ferrieri Maria pointed to the spot following a VAR assessment
Tali Rovner capitalized on the prospect with a left-footed shot in damage time, however La Roja – needing two extra objectives to safe its place within the quarterfinals – fell quick to a defensively organised Nigeria, leaving the sphere in tears.