Canada bows out of World Cup with a loss

Canada's Rhian Wilkinson reacts during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match against Nigeria...

Canada's Rhian Wilkinson reacts during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match against Nigeria in Dresden, July 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

Nigeria put an exclamation mark Tuesday on the end of a horrendous women's World Cup for Canada.

A team that was expected to do nothing in the tournament handed a team that was supposed to be a contender its third consecutive loss of the tournament.

A goal by Perpetua Nkwocha in the 84th minute, a few minutes after the lights came back on in Dresden, Germany after a power outage, gave Nigeria a 1-0 victory. It was Nigeria's first goal of the tournament.

Because of the power outage, almost 16 minutes was added on at the end of the game.

It was a deserved victory for the Nigerians, who created most of the chances.

Nigeria was not expected to be a factor in Group A with Canada, Germany and France.

Canada was expected to accomplish a lot more than it did and faces a lot of questions when it returns home.

The Canadians managed just four shots on goal through three games -- getting just one goal.

Both teams looked to gain a measure of self-respect with a win even though it meant nothing in the standings.

The first half ended 0-0 but there were plenty of posts hit. Canada hit one and Nigeria two.

But a post is not a shot on goal. Canada did not get a shot on goal against France in Game 2 and didn't get a shot on goal in the first half against Nigeria. It went through a stretch of more than 235 minutes at the tournament without registering a shot.

With Germany's 4-2 win over France, Germany finishes first in the group with France second and Nigeria third.


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