Nigerian striker, Asisat Oshoala was in action for Liverpool Ladies on Wednesday night as the Reds lost their opening game of this season’s Uefa Women’s Champions’ League.
Sara Gama was the heroine of the night for ACF Brescia Femminile as her long range effort from distance deceived the Liverpool Ladies goalkeeper, Danielle Gibbons finished in the back of the net to give the Italians a 1-0 win at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti.
Oshoala did not start the game but replaced Ashley Hodson in the beginning of the second half.
Minutes after he introduction, the reigning African footballer of the year caused havoc in the opposition box with her pace and direct play.
She produced a fantastic run down the right which nearly resulted in the opening Liverpool goal but just as Natasha Dowie but Brescia defender, Elena Linari produced a superb interception to stop the pull back from reaching the attacker.
Oshoala again acted as provider for Dowie in the half but the striker fired wide with just the Brescia goalkeeper, Chiara Marchitelli, to beat.
After the game, the Liverpool Ladies trainer, Matthew Beard voiced his sentiments to www.uefa.com stressing that he felt his side was “unlucky” not to score.
“I thought we looked the better side second half and we were unlucky not to score. Their goalkeeper made a couple of great saves.
“We are still in the tie and it is still all to play for next week in Widnes. Hopefully we can turn it around and progress.
Liverpool Ladies will now hope to turn things around in the second leg of the round of 32 fixture when they host the Italians at the Stobart Halton Stadium, Widnes on October 14.