July 5, 2011
Canada bows out of World Cup with a loss
By MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency
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.