Norway vs. Nigeria - Football Match Report

Norway vs. Nigeria - Football Match Report

Nigeria lost Faith Michael to injury early in the second half, the defender having to be stretchered off after landing awkwardly following a collision with her goalkeeper.

Even without star player Ada Hegerberg, Norway - world champions in 1995 - cruised to victory Saturday in Reims against a team who had never made it out of the group stage.

Despite the big win, Norway occupy second spot in the group after France's 4-0 win over Korea Republic on Friday evening.

Germany's teenage midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored a second-half victor as the two-time world champions edged past China 1-0 to kick off their World Cup campaign. And with Spain next on its group-play schedule, it can't afford a stumble here. But I can say we have the team to do that here in France. We have been working really closely to coordinate the team and make the right decisions also for the interest of the team. "We know it's going to be tough, but we have a very good team".

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Three minutes later, three-times African champions Nigeria were completely overwhelmed as Ohale deflected Isabell Herlovsen's cross into her own goal. "You must give it your best", the coach told the players after their last training session at the Stade Jean Bouchon in Reims ahead of the tie against Norway.

Meanwhile, Norway registered a 3-0 win over Nigeria in their opening match in Group A to go level on points with hosts France.

Nigeria's Onome Ebi appeared in her fifth World Cup tournament (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) - only Japan's Homare Sawa and Brazil's Formiga have ever appeared in more different tournaments (six each). Arguably the world's best active player, Hegerberg is not playing at the 2019 Women's World Cup of Soccer because she believes that Norwegian Soccer does not treat their women's program equally to their men's program. After South Africa opened the scoring with a first half goal by Thembi Kgatlana, Spain marched back with three second half goals including two penalty kicks by Jennifer Hermoso.