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31.07.2023 at 11:00 Lang Park Brisbane Attendance:
Nigeria 0 - 0 Ireland
Referee: Karen Diaz Medina (Mexico) World Cup-match

Goalscorers
None None.
Opening squads
Chamaka Nnadozie;
Michelle Alozie,
Osinachi Ohale,
Oluwatosin Demehin,
Ashleigh Plumptre;
Christy Ucheibe,
Halimatu Ayinde;
Rasheedat Ajibade,
Toni Payne,
Uchenna Kanu;
Asisat Oshoala
Courtney Brosnan
Niamh Fahey
Megan Connolly
Lilly Agg
Katie Mc Cabe
Sinead Farrelly
Louise Quinn
Heather Payne
Ruesha Littlejohn
Denise O Sullivan
Kyra Carusa
Substitutes
Tochukwu OLUEHI
Zainab BALOGUN
Glory OGBONNA
Onome EBI
Ifeoma ONUMONU
Desire OPARANOZIE
Gift MONDAY
Francisca ORDEGA
Jennifer ECHEGINI
Rofiat IMURAN
Esther OKORONKWO
Grace Moloney
Megan Walsh
Claire O Riordan
Chloe Mustaki
Diane Caldwell
Ciara Grant (93)
Amber Barrett
Lucy Quinn
Abbie Larkin
Marissa Sheva
Aine O Gorman
Isibeal Atkinson
Substitutions
Gift Monday for Kanu 67 mins,
Ebi Onome for Demehin 84 mins,
Ifeoma Onumonu 67 mins,
Marissa Sheva -> Heather Payne (83)
Abbie Larkin -> Lilly Agg (83)
Diane Caldwell -> Niamh Fahey (95)
Yellow cards
None Katie Mc Cabe
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report | Preview
Vera Pauw final game

A spirited performance by the Ireland Women's National Team saw them draw 0-0 with Nigeria in their final game of FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
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31st Jul 2023

This game had a bit of everything: a backheel flick from Katie McCabe made for Tik Tok, a superb save from Courtney Brosnan ideal for a highlights reel, a courageous collective performance perfect for an analysis session and an occasion to savour for a lifetime.

Vera Pauw's team set up slightly differently from the narrow defeats to Australia and Canada by pushing Denise O'Sullivan further forward - with Lily Agg starting in midfield alongside Ruesha Littlejohn - and the Cork native was outstanding.

Nigeria are known for their pace and quick transitional play, but it was Ireland who started the quickest with captain McCabe fizzing a shot wide and Kyra Carusa going close during a first period where the team in white jerseys dominated.

On the break, Nigeria were a threat and had some chances of their own - especially early in the second half when they made some tactical changes. However, there was no getting past Brosnan who produced a FIFA Player of the Match performance.

With most of the 24,844 fans cheering Ireland on, it felt like a home game. The players soaked up that atmosphere and applied a lot of pressure to the Nigerian defence late on but they could not find that breakthrough.

In the end, Ireland got a point; their first ever in a major senior tournament. It was a good way to cap off an impressive World Cup adventure as they showed the world that they belong at this level.

Ireland: Courtney Brosnan; Heather Payne (Marissa Sheva 83), Niamh Fahey (Diane Caldwell 95), Louise Quinn, Megan Connolly, Katie McCabe; Lily Agg (Abbie Larkin 83), Ruesha Littlejohn, Denise O’Sullivan, Sinead Farrelly; Krya Carusa.

Nigeria: Chamaka Nnadozie; Michelle Alozie, Osinachi Ohale, Oluwatosin Demehin (Ebi Onome 84), Ashleigh Plumptre; Christy Ucheibe, Halimatu Ayinde; Rasheedat Ajibade, Toni Payne, Uchenna Kanu (Gift Monday 67); Asisat Oshoala (Ifeoma Onumonu 67).

Referee: Karen Diaz Medina (Mexico).
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