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Oshoala: First goal gave us confidence against Korea

Desire Oparanozie of Nigeria celebrates following her sides victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group A match between Nigeria and Korea Republic at Stade des Alpes on June 12, 2019 in Grenoble, France
Desire Oparanozie of Nigeria celebrates following her sides victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France group A match between Nigeria and Korea Republic at Stade des Alpes on June 12, 2019 in Grenoble, France

Asisat Oshoala has revealed that her side’s desire to claim their first win inspired her goal in Nigeria’s 2-0 triumph over South Korea in Grenoble on Wednesday.

Last Saturday, the 24-year-old was in action for the duration of the match against Norway but could not help the Super Falcons avoid a 3-0 losing start in Reims.

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At Stade des Alpes, the three-time African Women’s Footballer of the Year scored with a brilliant finish in the 75th minute to seal the Super Falcons’ first Women’s World Cup win at the showpiece.

After her goal won her the Player of the Match award, the Barcelona forward is now aiming to help her side secure a positive result against France in Rennes on Monday.

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“We had more confidence when we got the first goal,” Oshoala told media.

“And we tried to tell ourselves that we needed to give more because one goal was not enough and then, I got the second goal.

“At first, I think we were a little bit scared of losing and going out. But after a while, we just decided to go for it.

“I always say that I’m never under pressure – I just go on the pitch and do my job. It’s an 11-player game and I just look to enjoy the game, have fun and do the right thing for my team.

“The group is wide open now. We just have to concentrate now on making sure we get the points we need against France.”

Nigeria are third on the Group A log with three points from two games and will hope to claim their spot in the next round when they face Les Bleus.

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