Harry Awurumibe, Abuja.
Former African Women’s Best Footballer of the Year and Nigeria international, Asisat Lamina Oshoala grabbed a brace as FC Barcelona Feminine continued their rampant start to the Spanish Women’s Primera Division season by thrashing champions Atletico Madrid 6-1 earlier today (Saturday).
This will definitely be a bad news for Nigeria’s next opponents in the 3rd Round of Tokyo 2020 Women’s Football Tournament Africa qualifier match opponents, Cote d’ Ivoire when both nations clash in a fortnight in Dakar and Lagos respectively.
Oshoala who was recently elevated to the substantive Captain of Super Falcons in her absence by Caretaker coach, Christopher Musa Danjuma and her Catalan team had begun the campaign with a 9-1 thrashing of CD Tacon, the club absorbed by Real Madrid.
But they got off to a bad start in their second home game of the season when Amanda Sampedro put Atletico in front in the second minute.
Barca hit back quickly with a penalty from former Atletico player Jenni Hermoso and moved into a 4-1 lead at halftime with goals from Mariona Caldentey and Oshoala plus an own goal from Laia Aleixandri.
Oshoala struck again soon after the interval then Atletico were further embarrassed by a second own goal, by Silvia Meseguer, which completed the rout.
Barcelona are top with seven points from three games, while Atletico have six points.