The Nigerian Super Falcons, solid against France, lost the game (0-1) on a slightly bitter note. Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie stops Renard’s penalty, but the referee decides to have it withdrawn after consulting the VAR.
Here is certainly an encounter that will remain across the throat of the Nigerians. Keeping France in check for more than 75 minutes, Nigeria will finally see their efforts reduced to nothing following an overly radical use of VAR.
Now each match action is scrutinized by video assistance to the chagrin of spontaneity in the game that made the very beauty of football. Nigeria is penalized with a penalty after a tackle too strongly from Ngozi Ebere. Second yellow card, synonymous with expulsion and penalty awarded to France.
Wendie Renard shoots for the first time, his ball is stopped by goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie. After viewing the VAR, the referee requests to withdraw the penalty. This time, the Super Falcons goalkeeper, who was given a yellow card just before, can do nothing. Nigeria loses on the smallest of gaps and still counts on a place of best third to hope to join the following round.