Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Norway too strong for Nigeria at Women's World Cup

Norway too strong for Nigeria at Women's World Cup

Nigeria's Super Falcons were hammered 3-0 by Norway in their opening Group A match of the 2019 Women's World Cup in Reims, France on Saturday.

Saturday's encounter will be the fourth meeting between the two experienced nations, having both appeared on the world stage in all previous seven editions.

Former champions Norway kicked off their Women's World Cup campaign with a routine 3-0 victory over Nigeria, despite the absence of Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg. "So, I hope we can score a lot of goals".

The Falcons will face South Korea in their next fixture at the World Cup on Wednesday before slugging it out against hosts France on June 17.

Faith Michael's faint touch was enough to put the ball out of Utland's reach before the Nigeria defender collided with her goalkeeper and was taken from the pitch on a stretcher.

The win sees them go second in Group A, behind France whilst Nigeria stands third by virtue of a better goals difference than South Korea.

Martin Odegaard said the Norway women's team "deserves better" in scathing criticism aimed at Ballon d'Or-winning striker Ada Hegerberg following her decision not to play at the Women's World Cup.

Utland doubled the lead with a powerful shot which Norway celebrated with a fake team selfie, before Ohale's attempted clearance from Isabell Herlovsen's cross ended up in her own net. "We're going to go back and look at our mistakes and maybe work on them".

"We've learned so much from this first game and we'll come back". The match between Norway and Nigeria needs be without a doubt cool. But she failed to deliver when it mattered most.

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