Norway shutouts Nigeria in opener

Carrie Guzman
June 12, 2019

Nigeria failed to clear their lines properly and Lisa-Marie Utland fired home in the 34 minute from a quick link-up play.

Nigeria was hurt when defender Faith Michael was stretchered off after a collision with her goalkeeper early in the second half.

Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala nearly restored parity for Nigeria in the 22nd minute when she gained possession from a long ball by Onome, but she blasted over the bar.

Norway are level on points with hosts France, who they face on Wednesday. 19-year-old Giulia Gwinn was the scorer of the winning goal in the 66th minute after the Chinese had wasted a couple of gilt-edged chances in the first half.

NAN reports that the 0-3 result was not the start the Super Falcons would have wanted, going by the way they came into the game.

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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.

Norway took the lead in the first half and the expectation of Nigerians was that the Super Falcons would soar in the second half, but they could not as the match ended 3-0.

"A game can change in the last minute".

Nigeria's goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi (second left) makes a save during the 2019 Women's World Cup Group A football match against Norway, at the Auguste-Delaune Stadium in Reims, eastern France, yesterday.

Nigeria have conceded more goals than any other nation in Women's World Cup history (59) - with 19% of those goals conceded against Norway (11 of 59).

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