Own goal helps Nigeria top South Korea

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

Norway enjoyed a purposeful start and went desperately close in the 14th minute, but Ingrid Syrstad Engen's near-post flick-on at a corner was crucially cleared off the line and over the crossbar by Amel Majri.

It was a deserved win for the Super Falcons as they open their France 2019 account.

Nigeria kept alive hopes of progress in the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 win over South Korea in Grenoble.

The Koreans, beaten 4-0 by hosts France in the tournament opener on Saturday (AEST), are all but out of contention after a surprise setback in their second Group A game. Osinachi Ohale scored on her own team in Nigeria's opening Group A loss to Norway.

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There was, though, a lengthy review by the Video Assistant Referee to check on what looked a close handball call against the Nigeria captain as the ball flew past her on the way towards the empty net.

The two own-goals so far in this tournament have both featured Nigeria, which is the first team to both score and concede an own-goal at the same Women's World Cup since the United States in 1999.

The 24-year-old forward, who was named Player-of-The-Match, was praised by Nwadike, who believes there's still more to come from the three-time African Women's Footballer of The Year. But after a while we just chose to go for it.

Germany play South Africa next, while Spain take on China.

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