The Super Falcons of Nigeria were humiliated 8-0 by a rampaging France women’s national team in an international friendly game played inside the MMArena in Le Mans, France on Friday night.
The friendly match was put together as part of preparations for the Super Falcons ahead of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers.
This was new Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby’s first game with the main team of the Super Falcons.
The last time the Super Falcons squared up with the French team was in their first group stage game at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany which France won 1-0.
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The French team went into attack right from the first whistle and had the first chance of the game in the 14th minute but the Nigerian goalkeeper was on hand to save the day.
Eventually, the feeble resistance of the Falcons was finally broken in the 19th minute through French danger woman Eugenie Le Sommer.
The French team continued to pummel the Falcons vital area with incessant attack and in the 36th minute, their pressure and persistence paid off as Valerie Gauvin made it 2-0.
Just before the half-time whistle, the Super Falcons defence was bridged yet again as Gaetane Thiney scored the third goal for France.
French-based Desire Oparanozie got the first real attempt at the French goal for Nigeria as she hit a well struck shot but the French goalkeeper was alive to her responsibilities by making a good save.
In the 60th minute, Aminata Diallo extended France lead and 10 minutes later Gauvin grabbed her second goal of the encounter to give the French team a 5-0 lead.
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Valerie Gauvin was on hand again to pile more misery on the Nigerian team in the 78th minute by grabbing her hat-trick to extend the lead to 6-0.
The disgraceful showing by the Super Falcons continued as Faith Ikidi scored an own goal to make 7-0 and in the 92nd minute, Marie-Charlotte Leger completed the disgrace by putting the eighth goal past the helpless Nigerian team.