Highlights: Nigeria offer no resistance in 8-0 defeat to France

Perpetual African champions Nigeria became the latest African giant to fall miserably to France on Friday, 6 April.

France served Nigeria the exact same helping that they gladly dished to Ghana, Africa’s second-ranked nation, last year.

The demolition of Africa’s top-ranked nation on Friday came barely a week after Japan defeated Ghana by a similar goal margin. 

There was never any doubt about the winner at the MMArena minutes into the match as France opened Nigeria’s defence at will.

Valérie Gauvin comfortably picked a hat-trick while Aminata Diallo and Marie-Charlotte Léger netted their first senior goals.

Veteran centre back Wendie Renard had little to do as she marked her 100th cap and neither did keeper Karima Benameur.

Making a rare start ahead of France’s veteran number one Sarah Bouhaddi, Benameur was untested all evening, as Nigeria managed only one shot on goal.

Hat-trick scorer Valerie Gauvin made rings round Super Falcons defence [Photo: FFF]
Montpellier Valerie Gauvin, 21, made rings round Super Falcons defence [Photo: FFF]

The defeat was the joint-largest for the Super Falcons, after 8-0 defeats to Norway (1995 World Cup) and Germany (2010 friendly).

France will face fourth-ranked Canada in their second friendly in the ongoing April international break on Monday, 9 April, at the Roazhon Park in Rennes.

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GOALS 

1-0 Eugénie Le sommer 20’: Le Sommer plays a perfect one-two with Paris FC midfielder Gaëtane Thiney who releases a half-volley for Le Sommer to bury home.

2-0 Valérie Gauvin 37’: Budding France forward Gauvin nets off a splendid free-kick by Tunisian-born France international Amel Majri.

3-0 Gaëtane Thiney 45′: Thiney nods home Viviane Asseyi’s inch-perfect ball to add a goal to her magnificent assist.

4-0 Aminata Diallo 60′: Osinachi Ohale denies Gauvin but the ball goes just as far as Diallo who releases a beauty from the edge of the box to score her first senior goal.

5-0 Valérie Gauvin 70′: Skipper Amandine Henry blasts down the right flank, serves Ouleymata Sarr whose strike takes a deflection off Ohale for an unmarked Gauvin to net her second.

6- 0 Valérie Gauvin 78′: Second-half sub Delphine Cascarino bombed down the right flank, fed Gauvin to complete her hat-trick.

7-0 Faith Ikidi 85′ (OG): The budding forward Cascarino returns with another thundering ball from the right flank towards Gauvin but veteran defender Faith Ikidi deviates it into her own net.

8-0 Marie-Charlotte Léger  90 + 3′: Sarr serves Gauvin in the axis who controls the ball and is gifted the time and space to leave it for Léger to net her first international goal.

Warnings: Ebere 22′, Ordega 50′, Ohale 90 + 3’ (Nigeria)

Lineups

France: 1-Karima Benameur; 17-Marion Torrent (2-Eve Perisset 67 ‘), 19-Griedge Mbock Bathy Nka, 3-Wendie Renard, 7-Amel Majri (22-Sakina Karchaoui 76’); 6-Amandine Henry (C), 10-Aminata Diallo (15-Elise Bussaglia 61 ‘); 18-Viviane Asseyi (20-Delphine Cascarino 67 ‘), 12-Gaetane Thiney (11-Ouleymata Sarr 61’), 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (14-Marie-Charlotte Leger 76 ‘); 13-Valerie Gauvin.

Coach: Corinne Deacon

Not used: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi, 21-Solene Durand, 4-Laura Georges, 5-Julie Debever, 8-Maeva Clemaron, 23-Charlotte Bilbault.

Nigeria: 16-Chiamaka Nnadozie; 14-Faith Ikidi, 3-Osinachi Ohale, 6-Chinwendu Josephine Chukwunonye (15-Ugo Njoku 46 ‘), 5-Ngozi Ebere (2-Glory Ogbonna 46’); 7-Anam Imo (18-Ogonna Chukwudi 46 ‘), 13-Ngozi Okobi-Oke, 10-Rita Chikwelu (cap.), 11-Ukpong Esther Sunday (12-Courtney Dike 62’); 17-Francisca Ordega (8-Ini-Abasi Umotong 73 ‘), 9-Ugochi Desire Oparanozie.

Not used: 1-Onyinyechukwu Okeke, 4-Sophia Omotola Omidiji.

Coach: Thomas Dennerby

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