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Nigeria, Australia takes bold step into second match.

10 June 2015, 12:16

Abuja - On paper, Australia who is 10th on the FIFA ranking has a better chance to secure the maximum point when they face Nigeria who are 33rd on the FIFA ranking on June 12, in the ongoing 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.  

But a look at performances in the first match, the Matildas who have reached the quarter finals twice in a row will no doubt admit that the Super Falcons of Nigeria could steal the show off them. 

The Nigerian Ladies who might be the surprise package of the tournament have shown in their 3-3 draw against Sweden that they can control the tempo of the game and are never scared to throw shots at the opponent's goal area.

The Super Falcons have also shown pace and strength as they turn defense to attack at will. The African champions must hit the ground running right from the blast of the whistle, coming from behind at all times may not be the best approach if they want to go far in this tournament.

Also read: Super Falcons ratings against Sweden

Set piece has been a major problem to the Nigerians who conceded two quick goals against Sweden from corner kicks crowding their goalkeeper, Precious Dede from expressing herself. 

The Australians are yet to pick a point after one match and going into the second match they know a win will get them right on track. 

The Matildas produced 11 shots with six of them on target but could only score just a goal shows how wasteful the team can be. With a young squad on display, Australia could offer spread, strength and skills. 

Both teams has the potential to secure a second place spot in Group D but the Nigerians will come into this match with gusto, determination and confidence having secured a point from their first match while Australia may be cautious of making those mistakes that left them empty handed in their first match against USA.  

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