Tag: Nigeria

USWNT Clinches Spot in Round of 16

Nigeria did not make it easy. As much as the refs were trying to keep Nigeria in it via phantom offside calls and missed penalties, the USWNT found a way through via an excellent goal from none other than legend and future hall-of-famer, Abby Wambach. Check it below:

The USWNT will continue the tournament against the third place finisher from Group B/E/F, with the opponent to be determined after tomorrow’s final Group Stage matches. The Round of 16 contest will take place June 22 at 8 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

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The Hand of….Ejide?

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Not a day after British police were investigating match fixing leading up to Wednesday’s match of Scotland vs Nigeria, Nigerian goalkeeper Austin Ejide let in what should be an routine cross for any player guarding the posts, let alone a professional one.

If you watch carefully, Austin meets Scottish defender Grant Hanley, mid air, and blatantly uses the contact to throw the ball into his own net. At no point in time does Mr. Hanley make physical contact with the ball. Lucky for Nigeria, the the goal was disallowed as the center ref made a very soft call protecting our hero Ejide.

I am not accusing him of cheating, but this definitely does not look good and I would not want to be banned from soccer over an international friendly right before the World Cup. Now, if this were a World Cup match vs England circa 1986, pre modern technology, then I would definitely us my hand to score a goal. Wait, didn’t that already happen?

What do you think?