The French female senior national team Friday thrashed the Super Falcons of Nigeria 8-0 in an international friendly.
The match, played at the MMArena, Le mans, France, was new Swedish coach, Thomas Denerby’s first baptism of fire as the coach of the Nigerian team. The friendly was also part of preparations for the Falcons ahead of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The host had the first chance of the game in the 14th minute, but Chiamaka Nnadozie made a good save to deny the hosts.
However, the routing began in the 19th minute through Eugenie Le Sommer and Valerie Gauvin made it 2-0 in the 36th minute.
Super Falcons conceded the third before half time courtesy of Gaetane Thiney’s strike.
In the 54th minute, Falcons’ Desire Oparanozie’s goal-bound shot was denied by a good save from the French goalkeeper.
Aminata Diallo extended France’s lead in the 60th minute before Gauvin grabbed her second goal in the 70th minute to make it 5-0. She then completed her hat-trick with 12 minutes remaining.
The French scored the seventh goal of the game with five minutes left, following an own goal by Faith Ikidi.
Marie-Charlotte Leger then completed the rout in the And 92nd minute.
The French team had also inflicted same hefty defeat on the Black Queens of Ghana in 2017 also in an international friendly.
The last time the Super Falcons faced France was in the first group stage game at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, which France also won 1-0.