Women's World Cup - Group A
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Highlights: Norway 3-0 Nigeria

Norway scored three first-half goals on the way to an easy win over Nigeria in their opening Group A game at the 2019 Women's World Cup in Reims.

The 1995 world champions took the lead when Guro Reiten's shot deflected off Onome Ebi into the net.

Lisa-Marie Utland fired through the hands of keeper Tochukwu Oluehi to make it 2-0 before an own goal by Osinachi Ohale compounded Nigeria's misery.

Norway are level on points with hosts France, who they face on Wednesday.

Ingrid Hjelmseth, Norway's 39-year-old goalkeeper, had little to do as Nigeria struggled to carve out chances.

On a bad night for the African champions, defender Faith Michael was carried off on a stretcher after being caught by team-mate Oluehi.

Group A table
France and Norway are level on three points at the top of Group A after one game

Norway show they mean business

Norway are chasing their first world title for 24 years and Martin Sjogren's side certainly laid down a marker as they breezed past the group's lowest ranked team at Stade Auguste-Delaune.

They are without Ada Hegerberg, the first Women's Ballon d'Or winner, who has refused to play for the national side since 2017 after taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in the country.

Yet with a team featuring Chelsea duo Maria Thorisdottir and Maren Mjelde, they sealed the points with three goals in the space of 20 minutes.

Reiten combined with Caroline Hansen to open the scoring, her shot deflecting off the arm of Ebi, the first African to play in five World Cups, on its way into the net.

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.

While the Super Falcons now face a battle to stay in the tournament, Norway head to Nice to face hosts France in buoyant mood.

Player of the Match - Guro Reiten (Norway)

Guro Reiten set Norway on their way to a commanding win with a well-worked goal from a short corner
Guro Reiten set Norway on their way to a commanding win with a well-worked goal from a short corner

'We will never give up' - what they said

Norway boss Martin Sjogren: "Our style will be totally different against France. We were on top of the match all the time [here] but against France it will be a totally different match, they are much more attacking than we are.

"We're going to go a bit deeper, we'll play as more of a group. We will try to make counter-attacks against France. We have a clear plan for how we're going to play against them. We know it's going to be tough, but we have a very good team."

Norway defender Maren Mjelde: "It's always great for us defenders and the keeper to keep a clean sheet, it's an important thing for us.

"We're going to enjoy this victory a little bit and then we're going to travel to Nice to meet another world-class team [France]."

Nigeria boss Thomas Dennerby: "When it comes to sport, never ever give up. We have to fight for 180 minutes more, plus added time.

"A game can change in the last minute so we will work very hard for it and I can promise that we'll never give up."

Nigeria defender Onome Ebi: "We're going to go back and look at our mistakes and work on them. The second game will be better than the first, we've learned so much from this first game and we'll come back."

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Norway celebrate goal with 'fake selfie’ celebration

Why the Super Falcons don't like Norway - the stats

  • 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).
  • Norway have won their first match at each of their last seven World Cup tournaments (1995 to 2019) since a 0-4 defeat in their opening match in 1991 against China.
  • Nigeria's Onome Ebi appeared in her fifth World Cup tournament (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) - only Japan's Homare Sawa and Brazil's Formiga have ever appeared in more different tournaments (six each).
  • Norway scored three goals in the first half of a Women's World Cup game for the seventh time - no nation has ever done so more often (USA also seven).
  • Norway goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth became only the fourth player to appear at a Women's World Cup aged 39 or older, after Brazil's Meg (1995), Nigeria's Perpetua Nkwocha (2015) and USA's Christie Pearce (2015).

What's next?

Norway head for Nice for their second group game where they face hosts France on Wednesday (20:00 BST), while Nigeria are in action against South Korea in Grenoble on the same day (14:00).

Line-ups

Norway

  • 1Hjelmseth
  • 2Wold
  • 6Mjelde
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 17Minde
  • 10Hansen
  • 8RisaSubstituted forMaanumat 84'minutes
  • 14Engen
  • 16ReitenSubstituted forHaaviat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Herlovsen
  • 11UtlandSubstituted forThorsnesat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hovland
  • 5Hansen
  • 7Thorsnes
  • 12Fiskerstrand
  • 13Asland
  • 15Eikeland
  • 18Maanum
  • 19Redisch Kvamme
  • 20Haavi
  • 21Saevik
  • 22Nautnes
  • 23Bogstad

Nigeria

  • 1Oluehi
  • 3Ohale
  • 14IkidiSubstituted forOkekeat 54'minutes
  • 5Ebi
  • 4Ebere
  • 18AyindeSubstituted forUchenduat 51'minutes
  • 13Okobi
  • 10Chikwelu
  • 8Oshoala
  • 9OparanozieBooked at 13minsSubstituted forKanuat 71'minutes
  • 17OrdegaBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 2Okoronkwo
  • 6Nwabuoku
  • 7Imo
  • 11Uchendu
  • 12Kanu
  • 15Ajibade
  • 16Nnadozie
  • 19Ihezuo
  • 20Okeke
  • 21Jonathan
  • 22Ogebe
  • 23Chukwudi
Referee:
Kate Jacewicz
Attendance:
11,058

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwayAway TeamNigeria
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Norway 3, Nigeria 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norway 3, Nigeria 0.

Attempt missed. Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Uchenna Kanu.

Attempt missed. Osinachi Ohale (Nigeria) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chinaza Uchendu.

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Maria Thorisdottir.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Emilie Haavi replaces Guro Reiten because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Guro Reiten (Norway).

Attempt missed. Francisca Ordega (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ngozi Okobi.

Attempt missed. Graham Hansen (Norway) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Graham Hansen (Norway) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Ngozi Ebere (Nigeria).

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Frida Maanum replaces Vilde Risa.

Corner, Norway. Conceded by Tochukwu Oluehi.

Attempt saved. Graham Hansen (Norway) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vilde Risa.

Attempt saved. Elise Thorsnes (Norway) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Graham Hansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Elise Thorsnes replaces Lisa-Marie Utland.

Offside, Norway. Graham Hansen tries a through ball, but Isabell Herlovsen is caught offside.

Offside, Norway. Ingrid Moe Wold tries a through ball, but Lisa-Marie Utland is caught offside.

Kristine Minde (Norway) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria).

Foul by Kristine Minde (Norway).

Chidinma Okeke (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Ingrid Hjelmseth (Norway).

Substitution

Substitution, Nigeria. Uchenna Kanu replaces Desire Oparanozie.

Attempt missed. Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rita Chikwelu with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ngozi Okobi with a cross.

Offside, Norway. Guro Reiten tries a through ball, but Ingrid Engen is caught offside.

Graham Hansen (Norway) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chinaza Uchendu (Nigeria).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Ingrid Moe Wold (Norway).

Kristine Minde (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rita Chikwelu (Nigeria).

Attempt missed. Chinaza Uchendu (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Nigeria. Conceded by Kristine Minde.

Foul by Vilde Risa (Norway).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France11004043
2Norway11003033
3Nigeria100103-30
4South Korea100104-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain11003123
2Germany11001013
3China100101-10
4South Africa100113-20

C

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1Australia00000000
2Brazil00000000
3Italy00000000
4Jamaica00000000

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina00000000
2England00000000
3Japan00000000
4Scotland00000000

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon00000000
2Canada00000000
3Netherlands00000000
4New Zealand00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chile00000000
2Sweden00000000
3Thailand00000000
4USA00000000
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