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Key Events

90' + 1'
E. Haavi
G. Reiten
84'
F. Leonhardsen Maanum
V. Risa
80'
E. Thorsnes
L. Karlseng Utland
71'
U. Kanu
U. Oparanozie
54'
C. Okeke
F. Michael
51'
C. Uchendu
H. Ayinde
Kick Off
45' + 1'
F. Ordega
Yellow Card
37'
O. Ohale
Own Goal
34'
G. Reiten
Assist
34'
L. Karlseng Utland
Goal
17'
C. Hansen
Assist
17'
G. Reiten
Goal
13'
U. Oparanozie
Yellow Card
Kick Off
3
0
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
4
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 2
Total Passes 422 289

Commentary

That will do it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between Norway and Nigeria! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
This result was an incredibly important one for Norway as they will next face hosts France which, while surely a terrific watch, will represent a far greater challenge. As for Nigeria, their next match comes against South Korea and, frankly, the Super Falcons will need to win it or face being knocked out in the group stage of the World Cup for the fifth consecutive time.
Norway were fantastic today and leave as deserving 3-0 winners. They did most of their job in the first half with goals from Reiten (17') and Utland (34'), before being gifted an own goal that was knocked in by Ohale (37'). Norway, who had already been dominating the ball in the first half, continued that trend well into the second which left Nigeria very little time to do anything of note. The latter did have several chances in the final 30 minutes though and Oshoala, in particular, will regret missing two chances in as many minutes that could have gotten her side on the scoresheet, and potentially back into the match. On balance though, Norway were the better side and the scoreline clearly reflected that.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: Norway 3-0 Nigeria
90' + 5' Oshoala tries her luck from range and launches a shot that soars high and wide of goal. It was well hit, but poorly aimed.
90' + 3' Oshoala dribbles into the penalty area and is ushered out by a cadre of Norwegian defenders. It will be a corner to Nigeria though.
E. Haavi
G. Reiten
Norway
90' + 1' Reiten, who was simply fantastic today, is taken off for the final minutes with Haavi coming on.
90' There will be six minutes of added time.
89' Foul called on Ebi who, it should be noted, is appearing in her fifth Women's World Cup!
88' Ordega takes a chance from distance as she stumbles which unsurprisingly causes her to drag the shot well wide of goal.
86' Graham Hansen goes down under pressure from Oshoala and a foul is called. Free-kick to Norway.
84' CHANCE! Graham Hansen dribbles into the box, cuts to her right and forces a save from Oluehi that almost spills into the back of the net! That would have been embarrassing for the Nigerian 'keeper had that rolled in!
F. Leonhardsen Maanum
V. Risa
Norway
84' Maanum enters the fray with Risa making way.
82' Okeke goes on an adventure forward and attempts a cross that is easily collected by Norway.  Far too frequently have Nigeria taken the easy option of chucking in crosses rather than building meaningful attacks.
80' If Nigeria are unable to stage a massive comeback this will be their 17th loss at the FIFA Women's World Cup, the most in the competition's history.
E. Thorsnes
L. Karlseng Utland
Norway
80' Utland, the scorer of the second goal, makes way for Thorsnes.
78' Ordega loses her defender and runs into space before laying it off left, and the ensuing cross finds a Norwegian head rather than a Nigerian one, ending the move.
76' Hjelmseth comes off her line early to snuff out a long ball that nearly connected with a surging Nigerian forward!
74' Brilliant slide tackle by Chikwelu in the box to end what was starting to look like a dangerous chance for Norway.
73' Nigeria have really been turning up the pressure over the past few minutes. Can they score soon and make things interesting?
U. Kanu
U. Oparanozie
Nigeria
71' Oparanozie couldn't make an impact today and is now withdrawn for Kanu.
70' ANOTHER CHANCE FOR OSHOALA! She hits her shot into the side netting after rounding the goalkeeper! The angle did not favour her there though, it must be said.
69' CHANCE! Oshoala gets a shot off from inside the box after a pass in from Okobi! The chance lacked the power to trouble Hjelmseth, but that's better from Nigeria.
67' Reiten lifts the ball into the box from a deep free-kick, but Engren is called for offside.
64' Reiten goes on an impressive run through midfield, avoiding challengers left and right before playing the ball to Graham Hansen on the right.
62' Norway have been absolutely dominating play since the break, boasting a whopping 67 per cent of possession.
60' CHANCE! The ball fell to Uchendu outside the box where she lined up the shot and fired..... well right of goal. That's one of Nigeria's better chances but the finish was poor.
59' Graham Hansen pulls out the tricks to work her way into the box but Okeke, the recent entrant, executes a perfectly timed challenge to stop the move in it's tracks.
57' BLOCK! Ohale makes up ground and blocks a shot by Herlovsen that initially looked as though it was destined for the back of the net!
55' Play continues after a long break due to the injury.
C. Okeke
F. Michael
Nigeria
54' Okeke will come on to replace the injured Michael in defence.
52' Michael is now being put onto a stretcher and will clearly not be able to continue.
C. Uchendu
H. Ayinde
Nigeria
51' Ayinde is pulled off early in the second-half with Uchendu the replacement.
49' Michael is down on the pitch once more, this time after a collision with her own goalkeeper.
47' Norway play through the centre of the pitch. Utland was making a run into the box that Reiten saw but the pass was under-hit and was eventually fumbled into the arms of Oluehi.
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
It will be interesting to see how these sides set up fr the second half. Norway could shift tactics a bit and defend from here on out but it's difficult to imagine them changing much at the half considering how this match has gone. As for Nigeria, their tactics have been found out a bit by Norway and the question is, will they stick with playing long balls and crosses, which favours their squad, or try to create chances through the middle? This match isn't over just yet, but coach Thomas Dennerby will need to do something significant to get his side back into this match.
After a bit of a slow start, Norway took control of the match and head into the half with a healthy 3-0 lead. We picked out three players from the Norway attack who could make a difference today, all of them were involved in a goal in the opening 45 minutes. Reiten opened the scoring in the 17th minute off of a pass from Graham Hansen and then Utland got her name on the scoresheet after being picked out by Reiten (34'). Add in an unfortunate own goal from Ohale and Norway have all but pout the result to bed already. Nigeria did look a threat at times, particularly on the counter, but unless Oparanozie can start to beat Norway's central defenders in the air, it's hard to see where a goal would come from for the Super Falcons.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: Norway 3-0 Nigeria
F. Ordega
Yellow Card
Nigeria
45' + 1' Ordega takes down Reiten just outside of the box, both conceding a dangerous free-kick, and picking up a yellow card.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' It's become quite clear what Nigeria's strategy has become. Play a long-ball down the wing, cross the ball into the box, and hope Oparanozie gets there first. It has not worked thus far.
41' Consecutive chances from Nigeria but they're all blocked before they can truly trouble Hjelmseth. There's certainly been a reaction from Nigeria, but have they already dug their hole too deep?
39' Nigeria were down just one goal five minutes ago and now, in the blink of an eye, they're down three. That will certainly be hard to take for coach Thomas Dennerby.
O. Ohale
Own Goal
Nigeria
37' GOOALLLL! Graham Hansen heads the ball forward to Herlovsen on the run who whipped a cross towards Utland but it was cut out by Ohale who redirected it... into the back of her own net! Horrible luck, but if she'd done nothing Utland would have finished it with ease anyway. Norway 3-0 Nigeria
G. Reiten
Assist
Norway
34' Reiten surveyed her options, saw Utland in space in the box, and played a well-weighted ball that the latter finished with aplomb!
L. Karlseng Utland
Goal
Norway
34' GOOALLLLL! Norway double their lead! Utland made sure not to make her run too early, waited for the pass in from Reiten and, upon receiving it, hammered her shot above Oluehi and into the back of the net! Nothing the Nigerian 'keeper could have done to keep that out. Norway 2-0 Nigeria
33' Oshoala beats the defence thanks to a pass from Michael, only to see the flag raised. Offside.
31' Ordega lofts a ball forward in the direction of Oparanozie but Hjemseth cut it out before it could trouble her any further.
30' Michael is down on the pitch and, despite having her head looked at by the medical staff, seems okay to continue.
28' Reiten tries a shot from a tight angle and Oluehi is forced to put it behind for a Norway corner.
27' Ohale marks Utland well in the penalty area and immediately blocks a half-hearted shot from the latter.
25' Chikwelu tries a roulette to retain the ball on the left flank, but it rolls away from her and out of play for a Norwegian throw.
23' Footrace between Mjelde and Oparanozie, and the former just manages to win it. Oparanozie would have been in on goal had sh been able to get to the ball first!
21' The ball goes behind off Minde and Nigeria will have another corner.
19' Reiten recorded more assists (five) than any other Norwegian player during qualifying, but will be delighted to have scored herself today!
C. Hansen
Assist
Norway
17' Graham Hansen did well to stay on the byline from the short corner before returning the ball to Reiten who finished the chance with the help of a deflection!
G. Reiten
Goal
Norway
17' GOOOALLLL!!! Norway open the scoring! Graham Hansen and Reiten play a one-two from a short corner, and the latter finds space in the box and unleashes a left-footed shot! It hit Ebi en route, but it deflects past Oluehi and into the back of the net! Norway 1-0 Nigeria
17' Wold beats the Nigerian defence, gets to the byline, and sees her cross deflected behind for a corner.
15' Mjelde takes the free-kick and with a thunderous strike... launches the ball into the stand. Not the best effort you'll ever see from her.
14' Less than a minute after picking up a card, Oparanozie concedes a free-kick from a very dangerous position. She'll have to be more careful than that going forward!
U. Oparanozie
Yellow Card
Nigeria
13' Oparanozie picks up an early yellow card for flinging an arm into Wold while chasing the ball.
11' Minde is used to getting forward and supplementing the attack, but she'll need to be careful as that is leaving plenty of space for Ordega to run into.
9' Herlovsen drifts offside before she can be found by a Reiten through-ball.
7' Ayinde is found with an excellent cross-field ball, dribbles forward and tries to cut the ball back towards Oparanozie, but it's blocked and deflects off of herself and behind for a goal-kick. Nigeria look very threatening on the counter-attack in the early stages here.
6' Hjelmseth does well to snatch a corner-kick out of the air before it could find the head of a Nigerian player.
5' Utland breaks past the Nigerian defence and, despite having no teammates in the penalty area, whips in an early cross. Nigeria clear.
3' Ohale directs her header on target from the corner, but it lacks power and is easily scooped up by Hjelmseth.
2' An early corner is won by Ordega for Nigeria. Can they take the early lead from this?
1' Referee Kate Jacewicz blows her whistle, and this match is underway!
The teams are out on the pitch as the anthems begin to play around the Stade Auguste-Delaune. Not long to go now!
Nigeria make two changes after their 2-1 loss to Canada in their most recent friendly. Imo and Kanu both fall to the bench with Ordega and Oshoala coming into the starting XI. The latter is pretty inarguably Nigeria’s best player, plying her club trade at Barcelona, with whom she appeared, and scored in, the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final. Also of note is striker Oparanozie who scored an impressive six goals in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. Can either of them score against this Norwegian defense today?
Nigeria substitutes: Anam Imo, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Uchenna Kanu, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Ogonna Chukwudi, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Chidinma Okeke, Chinaza Uchendu, Alice Ogebe, Alaba Jonathan, Rasheedat Ajibade, Amarachi Okoronkwo.
Nigeria (4-3-3): Tochukwu Oluehi; Faith Michael, Osinachi Ohale, Onome Ebi, Ngozi Ebere, Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Rita Chikwelu; Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega.
Just one change for Norway after their friendly against South Africa, with Thorisdottir replacing Hovland in defense. Obviously the absence of Hegerberg is a continued blow for this side, but there is still plenty of attacking talent with Graham Hansen and Utland. The latter impressed greatly during qualification, leading her nation with six goals during qualifiers. If she can get quality service from Reiten and Graham Hansen, Norway could prove that they don’t need Hegerberg to succeed on the world’s biggest stage.
Norway substitutes: Emilie Nautnes, Synne Skinnes Hansen, Amalie Velve Eikeland, Cecilie Fiskerstrand, Elise Thorsnes, Stine Hovland, Therese Sessy Asland, Cecilie Redisch Kvamme, Frida Maanum, Karina Saevik, Emilie Haavi, Oda Marie Hove Bogstad.
Norway (4-4-2): Ingrid Hjelmseth; Ingrid Moe Wold, Maren Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir, Kristine Minde; Caroline Graham Hansen, Vilde Boa Risa, Ingrid Syrstad Engen, Guro Reiten; Isabell Herlovsen, Lisa-Marie Utland.
Now, let's take a look at the players who will be involved today.
Of course the story surrounding this, and any match that involves Norway, is the absence of 2018 Ballon d’Or Feminin winner Ada Hegerberg. Despite being one of, if not the, best female footballer in the world, she has continued to refuse to play for the national team due to inequalities, in both working conditions and support, between the men’s and women’s game. Time will tell if she ever returns to the fold for the Norwegian national team, but she will not be involved in this tournament.
Nigeria, come into this tournament having won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations for the fourth consecutive time, and will be hoping to make it out of the group stages for the first time since 1999.
Norway will certainly be confident heading into the match considering they have won all three matchups they’ve ever had against Nigeria with a goal difference of +11!
Both of these nations have plenty of experience at this level, with both Norway and Nigeria having participated in all eight iterations of the Women’s World Cup.
Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between Norway and Nigeria!
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