African champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria, defeated Slovakia 4-3 on Friday in their second Group C game at the Cyprus Women’s Cup.
The Falcons had lost 4-1 in their opening game against Austria on Wednesday.
It was a game of two halves as the Falcons bossed the first 45 minutes and deservedly went into the break 3-0 up.
But it was a different ball game in the second half, as the Europeans fought back to level score at 3-3 before a late strike from the Falcons secured the hard-fought win.
Rita Chikwelu opened scoring for the Falcons in the eighth minute before Osinachi Ohale made it 2-0 in the 28th minute. Chikwelu bagged her second goal of the game on 38 minutes to put the Falcons 3-0 ahead.
Slovakia pulled a goal back in the 67th minute through Jana Vojtekova to bring the score to 3-1.
In the 72nd minute, Slovakia were awarded a penalty which was converted by Lucia Harsanyova. Another penalty was awarded to Slovakia and once again Harsanyova was successful from the spot to draw her side level at 3-3.
The Falcons had the last laugh thanks to Anam Imo who scored what proved to be the winner in the 82nd minute to end the game 4-3.
The Thomas Dennerby-led team will play against Belgium in their last group game on Monday.