Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala opened her 2019/2020 Liga Iberdrola season account with a brace against defending champions Atletico Madrid Femenino on Saturday evening.
Oshoala was involved in four of the six goals scored as Barcelona Femeni defeated the reigning champions 6-1 at the Johan Cruyff Stadium to go top of the league with 7 points and +13 goals difference after just three games.
Having been named among the starting XI for this top of the table clash, Oshoala was a handful for the Atletico defence causing all sorts of trouble. But that wasn’t until the Catalan side got into their groove.
The Champions drew first blood in the 2nd minute but their lead only lasted a few minutes as Barcelona Femeni soon settled into the encounter as Oshoala won a penalty which was converted by Jenni Hermoso to level the score.
Oshoala then struck the woodwork from two yards out but Marion a Caldentey was on hand to drive in the rebound and give the home team the lead.
Leila Ouahabi then got the third before Oshoala added a fourth with an expertly taken finish just before half time.
The Super Falcons forward left off from where she ended the first half adding a fifth goal after a blistering run to add more misery to the champions’ woes.
She however couldn’t get her hat trick to cap off a brilliant performance at the Johan Cruyff Stadium as she was withdrawn in the 73rd minute ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League play-off with Juventus in Spain.
Also in Spain, after her dream debut in which CD Tacon won 3-0, Super Falcons defender Osinachi Ohale was once again in action for her side. This time, they lost 5-1 to EDF Logrono as Asslani’s 17th minute opener was cancelled out two minutes later.
Tacon conceded four more goals as they recorded yet another heavy loss following matchday one’s 9-1 drubbing by Oshoala’s Barcelona Femeni.
In Sweden, Super Falcons midfield duo of Halimatu Ayinde played the entire duration of the game while Ngozi Okobi was withdrawn in the 84th minute as Eskilstuna United picked all three points at home against Vittsjö.
Just like Oshoala, Chinaza Uchendu was also on target for SC Braga as she inspired her side to a 5-1 win over Maritmo to make it three points in two games and her second goal in as many games this season.
⚽ | GOOOOOLO – GOAL
— SC Braga (@SCBragaOficial) September 22, 2019
The Chinese Women’s League came to an end with Francisca Ordega and Onome Ebi both registering their names on the score sheet in the final game of the season.
Ordega’s Shanghai Shengli finished second on the log while Onome Ebi and Chiwendu Ihezuo’s Henan Huishang both finished the season in seventh place.
Ordega and Ihezuo finish joint third on the CWSL goalscorers chart with 7 goals each.