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Nnadozie’s penalty saves propel Paris FC’s UWCL qualification


Super Falcons and Paris F.C. goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, once again demonstrated her prowess in a crucial UEFA Women’s Champions League encounter against BK Häcken. 

The 23-year-old, honored with the CAF Goalkeeper of the Year award for her outstanding performances in both France and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, played a key role in rescuing her team.

In their match against Häcken in Sweden, Paris F.C. aimed for three points to enhance their qualification chances, with only one slot available after Chelsea F.C. women secured qualification by defeating Real Madrid Femenino.

The game at the Bravida Arena in Göteborg saw a turning point in the 20th minute when Häcken was awarded a penalty after Teninsoun Sissoko handled the ball in the box. 

Rosa Kafaji stepped up to take the spot kick, but Nnadozie, showcasing her goalkeeping skills, made a remarkable save, denying the attacking midfielder with a well-placed parry into the bottom left corner.

This save marked Nnadozie’s fifth penalty save of the season. She continued to impress with five more saves throughout the game, leading to a goalless draw. The result leaves both teams’ hopes of qualification hanging in the balance, with crucial final group games ahead.

Paris F.C. is set to face Real Madrid Femenino in their last group game, while BK Häcken will take on Chelsea. Notably, Real Madrid has yet to secure a win in the Champions League this season.