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Nnadozie speaks after penalty-saving heroic in Paris FC win over Real Madrid

Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie reacts to her penalty saving heroics as Paris FC defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in a UEFA Women’s Champions League game played at the Stade Robert-Bobin on Thursday, December 14, 2023.

Nnadozie’s exceptional penalty-saving heroics further underscored her recent recognition as the 2023 CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year.

Here is her post-match comments as captured by SPORTSRATION.

On Her Match-Winning Performance

Expressing her joy after the game, Nnadozie emphasized her happiness in contributing to her team’s success. She credited the crucial penalty save for helping the team maintain focus, describing the victory as a collective achievement.

“I’m so happy to have helped my team-mates to win this game. I think the penalty save helped us to stay focused. It’s really a win for the team.”

On Paris FC Women’s Champions League Group

Acknowledging the challenging nature of their group, Nnadozie highlighted the significance of the victory in boosting morale. She emphasized the team’s commitment to continuous hard work and replicating their successful performance in future matches.

“It’s a tough group, but this victory is really going to help us, and it’ll boost our morale. We just have to keep working hard, and repeat what we’ve done today.”

On the Fans

Nnadozie expressed gratitude to the fans, describing their support as amazing. She pledged the team’s commitment to working hard to make the fans proud in upcoming matches.

“Thank you so much to the fans. They were amazing. We promise that we’ll keep working hard to make them proud.”

On Winning Goalkeeper of the Year at 2023 CAF Awards

Reflecting on her recent accolade, Nnadozie expressed pride in winning the 2023 CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year award. She viewed the recognition as a morale booster, affirming her dedication to sustained hard work, considering it just the beginning of her journey.

“I’m so proud. This award is a morale booster for me because I’ve been working so hard for so many years. I have to keep working hard and this is just the beginning.”

Paris FC vs. Real Madrid: How It Happened

Paris FC seized an early 2-0 lead within the first six minutes of the game, with goals from Julie Dufour and Gaetane Thiney.

Nnadozie showcased her penalty-saving expertise, denying Real Madrid’s Olga Carmona in the 36th minute. This marked her fourth penalty save of the season, having thwarted attempts from Arsenal and Wolfsburg in previous matches.

Despite Real Madrid pulling a goal back in the second half through Caroline Moller, Nnadozie’s outstanding performance, coupled with the team’s resilience, secured a historic win for Paris FC.

Chiamaka Nnadozie’s recent recognition and exceptional contributions underscore her prominence in women’s football, leaving a lasting impact on the international stage.

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