Thomas Dennerby, Super Falcons’ coach, has blamed his side’s 1-0 loss to France in their last Group A World Cup game to bad officiating.
The Falcons needed just a point to secure qualification into the round of 16 but succumbed to a 79th minute penalty converted by Wendie Renard.
Referee Melissa Borjas awarded a spot-kick after consulting Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and adjudging that Viviane Asseyi had been fouled by Ngozi Ebere – who was sent off.
Renard missed the initial attempt but was asked to retake the spot kick after Falcons keeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie stepped out of her line.
A new rule states that goalkeepers only have to have one foot on the line during penalties.
“If I give you my honest feelings, they’ll probably send me home so it’s better I don’t say anything.
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“My players are heroes. Of course I’m disappointed by the result, France is a really good team and don’t need support from anybody to win games.
“The girls were fighting so well, they followed the match plan and it’s getting destroyed by people that we’re not so happy with,” Dennerby said after the match.
The Falcons may still qualify for the knockout stages as one of the four best third-placed sides provided results in today’s other group games go in their favour.