France Women 8 Nigeria Women 0: Super Falcons equal worst ever defeat with dreadful show in Le Mans

Valerie Gauvin struck thrice, while Le Sommer, Thiney, Diallo and Leger scored once, and Ikidi turned one into her own net in the 8-0 destruction

Montpellier forward Valerie Gauvin netted a hat-trick for France as an experimental Nigeria side suffered an 8-0 obliteration in Friday’s friendly in Le Mans.

With Asisat Oshoala missing, the Super Falcons were put to the sword by the Europeans, with Gauvin’s treble earning a flawless triumph.

The defeat was the joint-largest for Nigeria women in their history, with the reigning African champions also having suffered 8-0 defeats at the hands of Norway at the 1995 Fifa Women's World Cup and Germany in an international friendly in 2010.

While the loss was a massive blow to Thomas Dennerby’s women, it was a fantastic result for France, who are hosting the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

‎Corinne Diacre’s side an inspiring 14 shots on target, a far cry from the Super Falcons’ one.

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 It was also a banner day for Gauvin, who netted her first hat trick for France, and the first for the side since a match in 2013 that saw both Eugenie Le Sommer and Gaetane Thiney bag three goals in a 14-0 win over Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier.


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