It was heartbreak for the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon as they lost out 4-2 on penalties to the Super Falcons of Nigeria in the African Women Cup Of Nations semi-final match.
The Lioness, who were the better of the two sides over 120 minutes were undone by their penalty miss as the Falcons booked a place in the final as well as in the 2019 FIFA Women world cup.
Thomas Dennerby’s ladies were second best throughout the match as the Lionesses bossed possession with some good interplay while the Falcons were satisfied to sit back and catch their opponents on the counter.
Cameroon had a header saved by the Falcons goalkeeper and saw a shot wide off the target while Nigeria could not boast of a clear chance save for Oshoala’s tame shot as the match was level by half-time.
The second half saw the Falcons take the initiative, taking the game to their opponents and creating chances but had a scare moment in the 64th minute as the keeper had to save a ball that seemed to be heading inside the net.
Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie had the chance to decide the game in the 84th minute but decided to shoot rather than pass with Nigeria having the advantage from a counter attack.
The game was finally decided on penalty with the Falcons scoring all four penalties and Cameroon missing two of their four spot-kicks.
📽 HIGHLIGHTS .. Cameroon 0-0 Nigeria [2-4]
Semi Final#TotalAWCON18 pic.twitter.com/BPLukG75jP
— Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (@CAF_AWCON) November 27, 2018
The Falcons will now hope to win a record ninth continental trophy while their ticket to next year’s world cup in France is sealed already.