Women's World Cup - Group A
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Nigeria 2-0 South Korea: Superb Asisat Oshoala goal helps Nigeria win

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Highlights: Nigeria 2-0 South Korea

A brilliant goal by former Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala helped earn Nigeria a first win at the 2019 Women's World Cup - and all but end South Korea's hopes of reaching the last-16.

Nigeria went ahead when defender Kim Do-yeon volleyed past her own keeper.

Ex-Arsenal player Oshoala held off a defender before rounding the keeper to score Nigeria's second goal.

South Korea, who face Norway in their third and final group match on Monday, have yet to score or earn a point.

Nigeria will confirm a place in the knockout stage if they beat hosts France, one of the tournament favourites, on Monday (20:00 BST) in Rennes.

However, they could also advance as one of the four best third-placed teams.

"We said when we started that we wanted to be in the last 16. Nothing has changed," said Nigeria boss Thomas Dennerby.

"We already have a good team spirit but maybe this win will give us a little bit more. Now we go to play France, a really good team.

"If we can come out with a point everyone would be extremely happy."

Having qualified for the World Cup after finishing fifth at the 2018 Asian Cup, South Korea are anchored at the bottom of Group A with a goal difference of minus six.

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‘A brilliant counter-attacking goal’ - Oshoala doubles Nigeria’s lead

They played well in spells against the champions of Africa but a lack of cutting edge in front of goal once again cost them.

After losing 4-0 to hosts France in their opening group game, they fired more blanks as Nigeria's 18-year-old keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie had little to do.

Nigeria also came into this game on the back of a defeat after losing 3-0 to Norway and had lost their previous three Women's World Cup games.

However, they were gifted the lead when Kim put the ball into her own net while under pressure from Nigeria's captain Desire Oparanozie.

There was a delay while the video assistant referee (VAR) checked for a possible handball against Oparanozie.

Yet there was no luck about the second goal, Oshoala producing a superb piece of quality to score one of the goals of the tournament so far.

Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun was booked for diving while trying to win a penalty for South Korea when the score was 1-0.

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Kim Do-yeon own goal gives Nigeria lead after VAR check

"I need to apologise to the fans who cheered for us here in the stadium and back home because we did not meet their expectations," said South Korea boss Yoon Deok-yeo.

"Our players had some good chances but the end result is a loss and we need to accept that.

"We have one match left here and I hope we can show everyone what we are capable of."

Nigeria end five hour goal drought - the stats

  • Nigeria had played for five hours and two minutes since scoring their last World Cup goal.
  • South Korea's Ji So-yun was booked for simulation - the first yellow card for simulation in a Women's World Cup match since Erika for Brazil v USA in 2011.
  • Nigeria won a World Cup game by more than one goal for only the second time. They beat Denmark 2-0 in 1999.
  • Both own goals at this World Cup have come in games featuring Nigeria.
  • Nigeria kept their first clean sheet in 15 Women's World Cup matches.
  • Nigeria are the first team to both score and concede an own goal at the same Women's World Cup tournament since 1999.
The top two teams in each of the six groups advance to the knockout stage - along with four best third-placed teams



  • 16Nnadozie
  • 20Okeke
  • 5Ebi
  • 3Ohale
  • 4Ebere
  • 11UchenduSubstituted forAyindeat 65'minutes
  • 13Okobi
  • 10ChikweluBooked at 61mins
  • 8OshoalaSubstituted forKanuat 83'minutes
  • 9Oparanozie
  • 17OrdegaSubstituted forImoat 80'minutes


  • 1Oluehi
  • 2Okoronkwo
  • 6Nwabuoku
  • 7Imo
  • 12Kanu
  • 15Ajibade
  • 18Ayinde
  • 19Ihezuo
  • 21Jonathan
  • 22Ogebe
  • 23Chukwudi

South Korea

  • 18Kim
  • 20Kim
  • 4HwangBooked at 71mins
  • 5Kim
  • 16Jang
  • 23KangSubstituted forLeeat 76'minutes
  • 7LeeSubstituted forMoonat 56'minutes
  • 8Cho
  • 17Lee
  • 10JiBooked at 49mins
  • 11JungSubstituted forYeoat 56'minutes


  • 1Kang
  • 2Lee
  • 3Jeong
  • 6Lim
  • 9Moon
  • 12Kang
  • 13Yeo
  • 14Shin
  • 15Lee
  • 19Lee
  • 21Jung
  • 22Son
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Match Stats

Home TeamNigeriaAway TeamSouth Korea
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nigeria 2, Korea Republic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nigeria 2, Korea Republic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cho So-Hyun (Korea Republic) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

  4. Post update

    Moon Mi-Ra (Korea Republic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Rita Chikwelu (Nigeria).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jang Sel-Gi (Korea Republic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yeo Min-Ji (Korea Republic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kim Do-Yeon.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Halimatu Ayinde (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Anam Imo.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yeo Min-Ji (Korea Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jang Sel-Gi with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Korea Republic. Conceded by Chiamaka Nnadozie.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Moon Mi-Ra (Korea Republic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kim Hye-Ri with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Korea Republic. Conceded by Desire Oparanozie.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Nigeria. Uchenna Kanu replaces Asisat Oshoala.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Korea Republic. Conceded by Osinachi Ohale.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Desire Oparanozie (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Halimatu Ayinde.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Nigeria. Anam Imo replaces Francisca Ordega.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Korea Republic. Lee So-Dam replaces Kang Chae-Rim.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Nigeria 2, Korea Republic 0. Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chidinma Okeke.

  19. Booking

    Hwang Bo-Ram (Korea Republic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Hwang Bo-Ram (Korea Republic).

As It Stood


4South Korea200206-60


4South Africa100113-20






4New Zealand100101-10


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