A brilliant finish by Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala ensured Nigeria claimed their first three points at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The scoreline changed in favor of Nigeria when South Korean defender Kim Do-yeon slot the ball past her own goalkeeper. Then ex-Liverpool forward Oshoala went past a defender before rounding off the goalkeeper to make the scoreline 2-0.
Nigeria will have a confirmed slot in the knockout stages if they succeed in claiming all three points against France, which is scheduled to hold on Monday in Rennes. However, they also have a chance to advance past the group stage if they are ranked among the four best third-placed teams.
Thomas Dennerby, the Nigeria women’s national football team (Super Falcons) head coach said: “We said when we started that we wanted to be in the last 16. Nothing has changed; we already have a good team spirit but maybe this win will give us a little bit more. Now we go to play France, a really good team. “If we can come out with a point everyone would be extremely happy.”
South Korea on the other hand sits at the bottom of the Group A rankings with a minus six goal difference. They played well against the African Champions but failed to score any goal. After losing their opening game 4-0 to hosts France, they failed to score yet again as Nigeria’s 18 year old goalie Chiamaka Nnadozie had very little to worry about.
Nigeria also came into the game after losing their opening game 3-0 to Norway and prior to this, had lost their last three Women World Cup matches. However, they took the lead after Kim scored her own goalie after being pressurized by Desire Oparanozie (Nigeria’s captain and striker).
There was a little delay while the video assistant referee (VAR) checked the goal for a possible handball against Desire. However, there was no luck about the second goal with Barcelona forward Oshoala showing superb quality to score one of the goals of the tournament so far.
- Both own goals so far in this 2019 Women’s World Cup have come in a game featuring Nigeria
- This is Nigeria’s first clean sheet in 15 Women’s World Cup games.
- This is the second time the Nigeria Women will win a World Cup match by more than one goal. The last time this happened was in 1999, where they beat Denmark 2-0.
- Ji So-yun of South Korea was booked for simulation. This is the first time this is happening since Erika was booked during the Brazil-USA match in 2011.