A stoppage time goal scored by Atlectico Madrid midfielder, Rasheedat Ajibade in the 90+5 minute was what Nigeria’s Super Falcons needed to force Portugal to 3-3 draw in both country’s second matches of the Summer Series at BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas, United States (US) in the wee hours of Monday.
Portugal which like Nigeria lost the first game 0-1 to Team USA, started the brightest of the two sides on redemption mission by scoring twice inside the first 34 minutes, no thanks to own goal by Nigerian youthful defender, Chidinma Okeke in the 22nd minute and Captain Carole Costa assisted by Andreia Jacinto in the 33rd.
On resumption, American-born Super Falcons Head Coach, Randy Waldrum made early changes but it was Portugal that once again led by two goals early in the second half after a Portuguese stole the ball from new entrant, Salome Zogg andTelma Encarnação assisted by Andreia Jacinto scored the third goal for Portugal in the 49th minute. It then looked like Portugal will maul Nigeria in the match.
Meanwhile, Team USA mauled Jamaica 4-0 in the second game of the Sunday night local time with goals from Carli Lloyds (1′) ; Lindsey Horan (7′ pen.); Margaret Purce (22′) and Amie Carassco (90+1′). Up next for USA is the clash with African Champions after the host has won two games on the bounce without conceding any goal.