The Olympic gold medal celebration continued for Canada Friday when they beat Nigeria 2-0. Being a farewell game for Veteran Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe, she didn’t disappoint with a shutout game to say goodbye. Despite strong efforts from Nigeria’s Super Falcons injuries and superb play from the Canadians were too much to overcome. Two Nigerian players were taken off the field on stretchers. Ebi Onome left the game in the 59th minute and Grace Kanu in the 80th minute.
How to watch Canada vs Nigeria Women’s Soccer
Who: Canada and Nigeria Women’s National Teams
Where: Starlight Stadium, Victoria, BC Canada
When: Monday, April 11, 2022, 10:30 PM ET
Live Stream: OneSoccer
Will the gold medal celebration continue tonight? Nigeria will be looking to fight back and steal a win on Canada’s home turf. But Canada is in full celebration mode. Before the game on Friday, there was a ceremony for Christine Sinclair honoring her record for most international goals. Sinclair scored her record-breaking 185th international goal in 2020 and can only celebrate now due to covid.
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Canada had a dominant showing against Nigeria in the last matchup on April 8th. Jessie Fleming and Vanessa Gilles scored in the Canadian victory. In the second half, Kailen Sheridan subbed in for Labbe. Labbe waved and saluted the cheering crowd and tears ran down her face as she hugged head coach Bev Priestman. The 35-year-old veteran announced her retirement in January and this was her final game.
The Canadians controlled the ball most of the game but Labbe saw some action in the 28th minute. Nigeria’s Rasheedat Ajibade had a missile-like shot at goal causing Labbe to dive for a fingertip save. After a shutout finish for Sheridan look for her to repeat her performance. The Nigeria star goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie fell to injuries after putting on an impressive performance early in the game. Ranked 39th in the world the Super Flacons held their own against 6th ranked Canada until injuries shifted the momentum. Ajibade nearly scored the first point of the game spoiled by a fingertip save from Labbe. Look for another solid performance from Ajibade. Nigeria will have to make their shots at goal count and this time with less experienced Sheridan defending this time. The Super Falcons should have a good chance to win this game or play for a draw. This is an opportunity for them to show off their talents by getting a win against a gold medal team.