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Nigeria v France Live Commentary, 17/06/2019

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W. Renard (79 pen)
Roazhon Park


That will do it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between Nigeria and France! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
France will now wait to see which third-place team they will be facing in the round of 16, while Nigeria will have a few nerve-wracking days as they wait to see if they will be advancing as one of those aforementioned third-place teams.
France were far from their best today, but manage to secure both the win, and their place atop Group A. They certainly had chances throughout the match, but only put 18 per cent of their shots on target and seemed to be destined for a 0-0 draw. Of course, that was until the mayhem that occurred from the 73rd minute onward with a penalty being waived off, awarded, missed, retaken, and finally scored by Renard with what wound up being the match winner (79'). They have yet to match their excellent performance from the opening match in this tournament and will need to better if they hope to become the second-ever hosts to win the tournament. As for Nigeria, they fought hard and, despite the string of calls made against them and the ensuing result, still have a chance to advance depending on results elsewhere.
90' + 11' FULL-TIME: Nigeria 0-1 France
90' + 10' If Nigeria do manage to advance the round of 16, Chikwelu will be suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
R. Chikwelu
Yellow Card
90' + 9' Chikwelu blocks off the run of Geyoro, and the latter goes down in a heap. The former, meanwhile, is shown yellow for her efforts.
90' + 7' Nigeria win a free-kick in the French half. Can they snatch a goal back before the final whistle?
90' + 5' Diani is found with a pass in the box and the ensuing shot is deflected away and behind for a corner.
90' + 3' Okeke goes down after a late sliding challenge from Le Sommer, and the latter is called for the foul.
U. Kanu
D. Oparanozie
90' + 1' Oparanozie hands off the armband as she departs, with Kanu now entering the fray.
90' There will be eight minutes of added time.
G. Geyoro
G. Thiney
89' Geyoro replaces Thiney for France.
88' Nnadozie is down and receiving medical attention after her most recent save, but she looks able to continue.
87' CHANCE! Le Sommer was found with a cross at the back-post and she heads it low but Nnadozie is able to keep it out off the bounce!
E. Nwabuoku
F. Ordega
85' Ordega is withdrawn in favour of Nwabuoku.
A. Imo
A. Oshoala
85' Oshoala will not be able to get on the scoreboard today as she is replaced by Imo.
82' Elsewhere, South Korea have brought a goal back against Norway and now trail 2-1.
81' Despite falling behind today, Nigeria could still sneak through with a third-place spot, but will have to wait until the end of the week to know their fate.
W. Renard
Penalty Goal
79' GOOALLLL!!!!! France finally break the deadlock! Renard stepped up from the spot again, and this time buried her right-footed shot into the top-right corner, above an outstretched Nnadozie. The French probably deserve a goal, but you have to feel for Nigeria here. Nigeria 0-1 France
C. Nnadozie
Yellow Card
78' Nnadozie is shown yellow for dissent after pleading her case.
77' THERE WILL BE ANOTHER PENALTY! Nnadozie was deemed to have left her line early, and France will get another chance from the spot!
76' PENALTY MISS! Renard did not look confident standing over the ball, and dragged her effort off the post and behind for a goal-kick! What must France do to score a goal today?!
75' With the call being changed, Ebere is sent off for her second yellow after taking down Asseyi in the box.
74' After going to the monitor referee Melissa Borjas gives the penalty!
73' PENALTY SHOUT! Asseyi goes down in the box under pressure from Ebere and the French players and crowd howl for a penalty, but the referee says no!
72' Renard misses a header from a corner-kick, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway as the French defender was called for a foul.
70' SAVE! Nnadozie took the ball right off the head of a French attacker, keeping her side level with the hosts!
69' If results hold, France would win Group A and Nigeria would advance to the round of 16 as a third-place team.
67' CHANCE! Thiney misses again, this time with a sliding effort that failed to properly connect with Asseyi's pass, skewing it wide left of goal. France's finishing has been shocking today.
65' We've had a shot on target! Majri tries her luck from distance and launches a shot straight into the chest of Nnadozie.
K. Diani
V. Gauvin
63' Gauvin, who is on a yellow card, is also withdrawn with Diani the replacement.
E. Le Sommer
D. Cascarino
62' Looking for a goal, France bring on Le Sommer who has been a part of eight goals in her last seven Women's World Cup appearances (5g, 3a). Cascarino is sacrificed.
62' As expected, substitutions are being lined up now that we've passed the hour mark.
60' An hour into this match, and we're still waiting for the first shot on target.
59' CHANCE! Cascarino is found with a long-ball down the right and then plays it back to an unmarked Thiney in the box, who fails to even hit the target! That's an absurd miss!
58' Asseyi wins the ball on the left and launches a counter-attack that comes to nothing as Thiney eventually loses the ball on the edge of the penalty area.
56' Thiney is found on the run in the box, and just can't control the pass that was played into her. It will be a French corner though.
55' Elsewhere, Norway have scored again, taking a 2-0 lead against South Korea.
53' After the ball bounced around the penalty area, it finally settles at the feet of Cascarino who launches her attempt into the side-netting. Still no goals for France, but the pressure is certainly being applied now.
52' Cascarino gets to the byline on the right and whips in a cross... that soars past everyone and out for a goal-kick.
51' The crowd are starting to turn on the referee after a foul is called in favour of Chikwelu who reached out to collect the ball before the whistle had blown.
49' Asseyi goes to ground on the left wing and looks to the referee for a foul that is not awarded by the latter.
47' An early, long free-kick is aimed at the head of Renard and her attempt flashes wide of goal.
46' The referee blows her whistle once more, and this match is back underway!
Usually, we discuss how the sides will change things at the half, but both should be relatively pleased by what they saw in the first half. As such, it's entirely possible that we won't see any changes until either a goal is scored or we reach the 60-minute mark.
France have been the better side for most of the match thus far yet head into the dressing room with the score level. In large part that is down to the fact that Henry failed to put the ball in the net despite having had plenty of chances as she was the preferred target from most of France's set-pieces. She, and the rest of her team-mates, failed to put any of their six shots on target, and will need to do better if they want to win their third consecutive match at this tournament. Nigeria, on the other hand, started well and continue to flash glimpses of their abilities, particularly on the counter. Also, obviously, the longer they keep France from being able to score, the more likely it is that they will be able to secure a draw, and a place in the round of 16.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: Nigeria 0-0 France
45' + 2' Nigeria win a corner with just seconds left in the half. Can they snatch a goal before the whistle sounds?
V. Gauvin
Yellow Card
45' + 1' Another nasty collision as Gauvin went for an overhead kick that connected with Ohale rather than the ball. The former is shown yellow for dangerous play.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' Chikwelu was down on the pitch with what looked like a head injury, but she does jog to the sideline under her own power, and will likely be able to continue.
42' Gauvin goes through the back of Ebi who, by the by, is now joint-top for most Women's World Cup appearances made by a Nigerian player with 13. Free-kick to the Super Falcons.
41' Cascarino pulls out a lovely skill on the right, loses her defender and whips a cross into Gauvin who just couldn't get a touch to it. Sublime stuff from the winger.
38' Thiney tries a shot from range that is blocked before it can cause any trouble for Nnadozie.
37' Nigeria build a play through the middle of the pitch with a string of quick passes. It doesn't lead to a goal-scoring opportunity, but shows a slightly different approach from the Super Falcons who frequently seem content to stretch the wings and send in hopeful crosses.
35' Mild bit of controversy as a Cascarino cross that was deflected behind by a defender is given as a goal-kick to Nigeria. Missed call that.
33' Okobi receives the ball in space down the left and sends in an early cross with Oparanozie running to the near post, but it's hit too close to the 'keeper and Bouhaddi claims it.
30' 30 minutes in and France are boasting an impressive 73.6 per cent of possession thus far. France holding the ball comes as little shock though, considering they averaged the most possession per match at the 2015 Women's World Cup (62.3 per cent).
29' Henry, not Renard, has been the target on set-pieces thus far for France and this time glances her header wide of the left goal-post.
N. Ebere
Yellow Card
28' Ebere upends Cascarino and is shown yellow while the French player lays on the pitch.
26' Some sloppy play in midfield at the moment as consecutive passes from France and Nigeria are played perfectly to an opponent.
24' The ball just runs away from Gauvin after it was played over the top by Bilbault. Goal-kick to Nigeria.
22' Nigeria take a free-kick from a dangerous position that was snatched out of the air by Bouhaddi.
20' Oshoala launches on the counter-attack and, rather than playing the ball over to Oparanozie, prefers to take on Mbock Bathy, which does not work out for the Nigerian forward.
19' After a terrific start from Nigeria, France are starting to take control of this match.
17' CHANCE! The corner finds Henry in space for a second time, and she hits it squarely first-time... only to see it hit the advertising boards left of goal.
15' CHANCE! Gauvin gets a free header in the box but failed to get above the ball, and lofts it over the crossbar. You'd expect her to do better from there considering her form coming into this tournament.
14' Ordega fouls Asseyi on the left and France win a free-kick.
12' From a corner, Henry played the ball back to Asseyi who tried a shot from outside the box that drifted right of goal.
10' Majri flies forward down the left and gets to the byline where her cross was blocked behind for a corner.
8' We'll keep you updated on the scoreline from the South Korea v Norway match today as the outcome of that one will impact how Group A finishes. As it stands, Norway are already a goal up on the Asian side.
6' Some incisive play from Nigeria already, ending any early notion that this would be an easy match for France.
4' CHANCE! An early opportunity for Nigeria as an Oparanozie header forced a save from Bouhaddi, but the keeper did rise to the challenge to prevent an early goal.
3' Ordega takes on Majri in the final third, and the ball bounces behind off Asseyi for a corner-kick.
1' Referee Melissa Borjas blows her whistle, and this match is underway!
The players are out on the pitch as the national anthems ring around Roazhon Park. Not long to go until kick-off now!
France make four changes off the back of their 2-1 win against Norway in their last match. Perisset, Cascarino, Asseyi, and Bilbault coming into the starting XI whileTorrent, Diani, Bussaglia, and Le Sommer dropping to the bench. The latter’s absence would typically be a shock, but this is one non-controversial choice by coach Corinne Dacre, as Le Sommer is carrying a yellow card, and another would have seen her suspended for the round of 16.
France substitutes: Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Elise Bussaglia, Maeva Clemaron, Emelyne Laurent, Julie Debever, Onema Grace Geyoro, Marion Torrent, Kadidiatou Diani, Aassatou Tounkara, Eugenie Le Sommer, Solene Durand, Sakina Karchaoui.
France (4-4-2): Sarah Bouhaddi; Eve Perisset, Griedge Mbock Bathy, Wendie Renard, Amel Majri; Delphine Cascarino, Amandine Henry, Viviane Asseyi, Charlotte Bilbault; Valerie Gauvin, Gaetane Thiney.
Just one change for Nigeria after their 2-0 win against South Korea their last time out. as Ayinde replaces Uchendu.The big name for Nigeria is Oshoala who scored in the last match as well as in the Champions League Final against Lyon, who boast seven players in the French squad today. If she can score or create a goal against French opposition again, Nigeria will be in an excellent position to advance.
Nigeria substitutes: Tochukwu Oluehi, Anam Imo, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Rasheedat Ajibade, Alice Ogebe, Chinaza Uchendu, Uchenna Kanu, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Alaba Jonathan, Ogonna Chukwudi.
Nigeria (4-3-3): Chiamaka Nnadozie; Chidinma Okeke, Osinachi Ohale, Onome Ebi, Ngozi Ebere; Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Rita Chikwelu; Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie, Asisat Oshoala.
Now, let's take a look at how these sides will line up today!
Conversely, the hosts of this tournament have never once lost the final match of the group stage (W6, D1), which obviously would favour France today.
Nigeria may struggle today as they have faced the host nation at each of the last three editions of the Women’s World Cup, losing all three.
We should be in for an interesting match as France look to seal their place as Group A winners, while Nigeria need just a point in order to secure their place in the round of 16.
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