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I want Falcons to play like Madrid – Oshoala

Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala, believes a three-pronged attack likened to the style played by Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga will help Nigeria to victory at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Ngozi Okobi and Francisca Ordega are the top choice strikers for coach Edwin Okon at the tournament, but so far, they have only accounted for three goals in two games.

The African champions face USA in their last group game in the early hours of Wednesday, and only a win will assure them of progress to the round of 16 after a draw and a loss against Sweden and Australia respectively.

“I want us to play like Real Madrid’s forwards. They’re very, very good, Benzema, Ronaldo and Gareth Bale,” Oshoala told FIFA.comafter Nigeria’s 2-0 loss to Australia last week.

“We can be similar to them and I’d like us to play just like them as much as possible. As a front three we can be very dangerous and if we try to be like them, we’ll go very far in this tournament.”

The CAF player of the year, who is featuring in her first senior Women’s World Cup, was disappointed Nigeria lost to Australia but admitted she had learned valuable lessons from the tournament.

The Liverpool forward had returned to Canada as one of the players to note after winning both the adidas Golden Ball and the Golden Boot at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup last year.

“I have learned a lot of things about myself as a player.

This is a big tournament with much stronger competition. When you play at the under-age tournament, and then you come to the senior World Cup, you see it’s much harder. So, you just have to adapt to it,” she said.

“My style of play can’t always be the same. I need to find different ways to change my attacking patterns so I can get behind the backline.

“Australia I think were an easier opponent (than Sweden). We were unlucky not to get the goals we needed. But it doesn’t matter; we have to be better (against USA), no matter what.”

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