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Germany v Nigeria Live Commentary, 6/22/19

3 - 0
A. Popp (20)
S. Däbritz (27 pen)
L. Schüller (82)
Stade des Alpes


That will do it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between Germany and Nigeria! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
As for what's next, Germany will have a week off until they face the winner of Sweden v Canada next Saturday, while Nigeria exit the tournament before the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup for the seventh of eight times.
Germany were the better side today and, despite the match leaving much to be desired, leave as winners. The first half was full of drama including two VAR decisions which resulted in two goals for Germany (20', 27') and a denied VAR opportunity for Nigeria (45+4'). After the break, the latter came out the better side and created several early chances with Ajibade providing a spark, but they failed to capitalise and, after an injury stoppage, Germany scored their third (82') to finish off the match. Nigeria should hold their heads high after their performances at this tournament, though they will be heading home after this loss. As for Germany, the win ensures their place in the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup for the eighth consecutive time.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: Germany 3-0 Nigeria
90' + 5' Simon with a bit of time-wasting as she milks the little contact that occurred between her and a Nigerian player.
90' + 3' Germany's defenders are passing the ball amongst themselves as Nigeria desperately try to chase the ball down.
90' + 1' Nigeria line up a free-kick after a late sliding challenge from Oberdorf. The latter will need to be careful as another yellow card would see her suspended for the quarter-finals.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
89' Simon and Schueler try a tidy one-two in the box that just doesn't come off and Nigeria clear.
88' Ajibade commits a cheap foul after she had been beaten to the ball by Hegering.
86' Nigeria launch on a counter and after an Ayinde cross was deflected out, the Super Falcons will have a throw in the final third.
A. Ogebe
U. Kanu
84' Kanu is taken off with Ogebe now entering the fray for Nigeria.
L. Schüller
82' GOALLLL!!! Germany make it three! After the injury stoppage, Ayinde tried to pass the ball back to her 'keeper, but the ball was under hit which allowed Schuller to run onto it and finish a right-footed effort past a diving Nnadozie! Germany 3-0 Nigeria
R. Ajibade
Yellow Card
82' It seems both Ajibade and Hegering will be able to continue, though the former is shown yellow for initiating the collision.
81' Another stoppage as Ajibade and Hegering collided in mid-air with both now receiving medical attention.
79' CHANCE! Daebritz blazes a shot past the far-post after she was found in a pocket of space in the penalty area! She had more time than she thought there!
77' From a free-kick, Nigeria get a header on target via Uchendu but it never had the power to beat Schult.
C. Uchendu
C. Ihezuo
75' Uchendu replaces the injured Ihezuo for Nigeria.
75' Izehuo is carted off the pitch and will obviously play no further part today.
73' The match is halted as Ihezuo is down and clutching her leg. While she receives medical attention, her team-mates gesture that a substitution will need to be made.
72' Popp tries her luck from distance and slices it horribly with the ball ending up nearer the corner flag than the goal.
71' Germany break quickly and Gwinn gets the ball in the box, but her attempt is blocked before it can trouble Nnadozie.
71' With all of Germany's substitutions used, we will not be seeing Marozsan play today.
L. Oberdorf
L. Magull
69' Germany make their final change as Oberdorf comes onto the pitch with Magull departing.
68' Play picks back up again, and it seems Hegering will be able to continue.
66' Hegering and Oparanozie clash heads in an aerial duel and the former stays on the ground. The medical staff jog onto the pitch.
65' Buhl fouls Ordega and Nigeria will have a free-kick from their own half.
62' Ajibade has been terrific since coming on, and goes on another lung-busting run down the left before cutting inside and laying the ball off to a team-mate.
D. Oparanozie
Yellow Card
61' Oparanozie is now shown yellow and would miss Nigeria's next match should they advance.
59' CHANCE! Gwinn ran into space in the box, received the ball via a lovely backheel, and then launched her shot above the crossbar! She leaned back as she struck it.
S. Huth
Yellow Card
57' Huth picks up a yellow card for Germany after a rough challenge on Okeke.
56' Germany win their 10th corner of the match as the ball last contacted Ordega before going behind.
54' Nigeria have inarguably been the better side at the beginning of the second half here. Can they make their newfound dominance count?
52' Ihezuo pells off from her defender on the corner and heads her chance wide of goal. She would have done better to head the ball back into her team-mates there.
51' CHANCE! Ajibade launched on a marauding run down the left and slotted it across to Oparanozie at the back post, but the latter fails to make contact with the ball again! The goal was gaping there!
48' Schueller was making a free run in the box and a ball was played into her that Nigeria did well to launch behind for a corner.
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
R. Ajibade
E. Nwabuoku
46' Nwabuoku, who conceded the penalty, is taken off in favour of Ajibade.
C. Simon
V. Schweers
46' Simon replaces Schweers at the half for Germany as well.
K. Bühl
M. Leupolz
46' Germany make a change at the half as Leupolz is replaced by Buhl.
It will be interesting to see how these sides set up for the second half of this match. Germany have been dominant thus far but have struggled to create chances from open play. Marozsan would be an easy solution to that problem though, with a two goal lead, coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg may not want to risk her talisman. As for Nigeria, the only impact player on their bench is the injured Oshoala, but they may make changes sooner rather than later regardless in order to get some fresh legs on the pitch.
That certainly was not the best half of football you'll ever see, but there was certainly no dearth of talking points. After a hot start from Nigeria, Germany started to take control of the match and found themselves taking corner after corner. In the 20th minute, Popp scored from one of them and, after a VAR check for an offside on Huth, the goal was confirmed. Then, just two minutes later, VAR was used again on contact between Nwabuoko and Magull in the box and, while it would be fair to ask where the defender's leg was meant to go after clearing the ball, contact was made and the penalty was given. Daebritz then stepped up from the spot and scored (27') her third goal in as many matches, doubling Germany's lead. Nigeria then had a penalty shout of their own in added time, though they were denied a full VAR check. Nigeria have had other half-chances through Ordega and Oparanozie, but neither were able to convert and they head into the break without a goal.
45' + 5' HALF-TIME: Germany 2-0 Nigeria
45' + 4' PENALTY SHOUT! The Nigerian players appeal to the referee after they deem there to have been a handball in the box, but the referee says no and sees no need to even head to the monitor.
45' + 2' CHANCE! The ball is played into Oparanozie who swung her foot... but she's missed it entirely! That could have wound up in the back of the net had she made contact!
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
44' Okeke concedes yet another corner to Germany.
42' Huth tries an audacious scorpion-kick finish that flies well wide of target. What a goal that would have been!
40' Sloppy passing in midfield has really stalled both sides as of late. On the whole, Germany have had the majority of the ball with 68.6 per cent of possession thus far.
38' Nigeria push forward into the final third for the first time in a while, though they have yet to create a meaningful chance from it.
34' The flow of play has yet to recover since the multiple VAR stoppages in the last 10 or so minutes.
A. Popp
Yellow Card
32' Gwinn picks up a yellow card for a cheap foul on Ihezuo who had beaten the former in a footrace.
29' Yet another corner for Germany, their sixth already, as Nwabuoko deflects the ball behind.
S. Däbritz
Penalty Goal
27' GOOALLL!!! Germany double their lead! Daebritz stepped up from the penalty spot and powered it into the right side of goal despite Nnadozie guessing the direction and staying on her line! VAR will undoubtedly be the main talking point come half-time after these last few minutes. Germany 2-0 Nigeria
E. Nwabuoku
Yellow Card
26' Nwabuoku is given a yellow card for the foul that resulted in the penalty.
26' PENALTY GIVEN! After making contact with the ball, Nwabuoku followed through and took Magull down in the box.
24' Magull goes down to the ground in the penalty area under a challenge from Nwabuoku, and it looks like Yoshimi Yamashita will have to make her second VAR decision in as many minutes!
22' The referee went over to the monitor to check on a potential offside call on Huth, but the goal is upheld.
L. Magull
20' Magull sent in a terrific cross from the corner and Popp finished the headed chance well!
A. Popp
20' GOOALLL!!! Germany take the lead! From a Magull corner, Popp stayed on her feet as everyone else mistimed their jumps, and the latter flicked her header past Nnadozie at the far post! What a way for Popp to mark her 100th appearance for her country! Germany 1-0 Nigeria
20' A lofted ball is sent forward to Popp, but Ohale does well to get there first and head it behind and out of danger. Another corner to Germany.
18' After a series of short corners earlier in the match, it seems Germany have switched tactics and are now sending them directly.
16' Ordega takes down Magull who wins a free-kick in her own half.
14' Schweers is popping up on both wings at the moment and sending in crosses that have almost all been played too deep.
12' Germany will take another corner after Gwinn chased down a long ball down the right and played it off Ihezuo.
10' Gwinn does well to cut out a through-ball that was intended for Ihezuo, though the former does concede a Nigeria throw in the process.
8' Schweers tries her luck from outside the box, but it's blocked behind by Ordega. Germany will have a corner-kick.
6' CHANCE! After the initial set-piece play failed to come off, the ball was lofted up to Magull who slipped behind the defence and tried a left-footed finish that was saved from incredibly close range by Nnadozie!
4' Germany win a free-kick in a dangerous position after Ayinde took down Dabrtiz just outside the edge of the box.
2' Ordega tries a quick shot towards goal from the corner and Schult catches it at her near-post. That had neither the power, nor the placement to trouble the 'keeper.
1' After pushing forward form the kick-off, Nigeria have already won the first corner of the match.
1' Referee Yoshimi Yamashita blows her whistle, and this match is underway!
The teams are out on the pitch as the national anthems begin to ring around the Stade des Alpes. Not long to go until kick-off now!
Nigeria make three changes off the back of their 1-0 loss to France as Nwabuoko, Kanu, and Ihezuo start with Ebere, Chikwelu, and Oshoala dropping to the bench. The latter is a big miss for the Super Falcons after she limped off against France and is not fit enough to start, or likely play, today. With this blow, they will need Oparanozie to step up in a big way if they are to have a chance against Germany. The striker led Nigeria in goals at the African Cup of Nations (six) but has yet to score at this Women’s World Cup.
Just one change from Germany after their 4-0 win against South Africa as Schueller replaces Buhl in the starting XI. This means that Popp and Schueller will start up front together for the first time at this tournament, and they do form quite the lethal pair, having finished joint-top for their nation with six goals apiece during qualifying. Also of note is the return of Marozsan who appears on the bench and is available for Germany today after breaking her toe in the first group stage match against China.
Nigeria substitutes: Anam Imo, Rita Chikwelu, Tochukwu Oluehi, Alice Ogebe, Asisat Oshoala, Faith Michael, Ngozi Ebere, Alaba Jonathan, Rasheedat Ajibade, Ogonna Chukwudi, Chinaza Uchendu, Amarachi Okoronkwo.
Nigeria (4-4-2): Chiamaka Nnadozie; Chidinma Okeke, Onome Ebi, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Osinachi Ohale; Francisca Ordega, Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Uchenna Kanu, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Desire Oparanozie.
Germany substitutes: Kathrin Hendrich, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Linda Dallmann, Turid Knaak, Johanna Elsig, Merle Frohms, Leonie Maier, Lena Oberdorf, Laura Benkarth, Carolin Simon, Klara Buhl, Lena Goessling.
Germany (4-4-2): Almuth Schult; Giulia Gwinn, Sara Doorsoun, Marina Hegering, Verena Schweers; Svenja Huth, Melanie Leupolz, Lina Magull, Sara Daebritz; Alexandra Popp, Lea Schueller.
Nigeria have not been in particularly good form of late, winning just one of their last five matches. That one win, against South Korea, was a crucial one though and was enough to see the Super Falcons advance past the Women’s World Cup group stage for the second time in their history.
Germany will be confident heading into this match considering they are one of just three teams at this Women’s World Cup to have advanced past the group stage with both three wins, and three clean sheets.
These sides have faced off twice before in this competition with Germany emerging victorious on both occasions(1-0, 4-0).
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Women's World Cup last-16 match between Germany and Nigeria.