Women's World Cup - Group A
NigeriaNigeria0FranceFrance1

Women's World Cup: Nigeria 0-1 France

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport

France finished top of Group A after a twice-taken penalty by Wendie Renard gave them victory over Nigeria in an incident-packed Women's World Cup game.

The initial penalty - awarded after a video assistant referee review for a foul on Viviane Asseyi - hit the post.

But keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was ruled to have moved off her line early and Renard slotted the re-taken spot-kick.

Despite losing 1-0, Nigeria still have a big chance of making the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.

Group winners France, meanwhile, head to Le Havre to meet as yet unknown opponents on 23 June.

This was an unconvincing display by Corinne Diacre's side against a team ranked 38th in the world, with France guilty of wasteful finishing before the late drama in Rennes.

However, the France boss was full of praise for Renard, saying: "I'd like to commend the courage Wendie showed.

"She had that tenacity to go back to the penalty spot and take that kick."

Nigeria boss Thomas Dennerby described his players as "heroes" before, when asked about the twice-taken penalty, adding: "If I give you my honest feelings, they'll probably send me home so it's better I don't say anything.

"Of course I'm disappointed by the result, France is a really good team and don't need support from anybody to win games.

"The girls were fighting so well, they followed the match plan and it's getting destroyed by people that we're not so happy with."

Nigeria, who had produced a gritty defensive performance, were on course for a deserved point when a penalty was awarded after a VAR check following Ngozi Ebere's foul on Asseyi.

Group A
France have won all three group games

Ebere, who had been booked in the first half, was sent off for a second yellow card before Renard's first penalty hit a post. However, the officials adjudged 18-year-old Nnadozie had left her line early and Renard duly scored from the second attempt.

It continued Renard's eventful World Cup - the Lyon player now has three goals at this tournament in addition to scoring a calamitous own goal.

"When it came to it, the players were asking me whether I wanted to take another go at it, and I decided I was going to take the penalty again," said Renard.

"It was very good for the team, and also for me as well."

Wendie Renard scores at the second attempt
France have scored two penalties at the 2019 Women's World Cup - although this one had to be taken twice

From 1 June, new laws came into force, including one that states the keeper must have one foot partly on the goalline (or above it if jumping) when the kick is taken.

It was heartbreak for Nigeria, who had produced a disciplined defensive performance to frustrate a partisan 28,267 crowd in Rennes.

France carved out plenty of chances but it was not until the 65th minute that they managed a first shot on target, Amel Majri shooting straight at the keeper.

Asked if she was satisfied with her side's efforts, Diacre added: "No, I think I'm always going to be asking my players to go that one step further.

"Yes, we were able to secure this third win, even though it wasn't easy for us. I think because it was so difficult, it makes the win all the sweeter."

Nigeria will have to wait to see if they qualify as a best-placed third place side. They have only qualified once before for the knockout stages, in 1999.

Teams into last 16 of the Women's World Cup so far
EnglandItaly
GermanyFrance
The NetherlandsCanada
SwedenUSA
JapanNorway
SpainChina

Perfect three - the stats

  • France have won all three group games at a Women's World Cup for the first time.
  • Nigeria's Ngozi Ebere is the second player to be sent off at the 2019 Women's World Cup, after South Africa's Nothando Vilakazi against Spain.
  • The red card was Nigeria's third in the Women's World Cup - the joint-most in the tournament's history with the United States.
  • Nigeria failed to have a shot on target.

Line-ups

Nigeria

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16NnadozieBooked at 78mins
  • 20Okeke
  • 5Ebi
  • 3Ohale
  • 4EbereBooked at 75mins
  • 18Ayinde
  • 10ChikweluBooked at 90mins
  • 13Okobi
  • 17OrdegaSubstituted forNwabuokuat 85'minutes
  • 8OshoalaSubstituted forImoat 85'minutes
  • 9OparanozieSubstituted forKanuat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Oluehi
  • 2Okoronkwo
  • 6Nwabuoku
  • 7Imo
  • 11Uchendu
  • 12Kanu
  • 15Ajibade
  • 19Ihezuo
  • 21Jonathan
  • 22Ogebe
  • 23Chukwudi

France

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Bouhaddi
  • 2Périsset
  • 19Mbock Bathy
  • 3Renard
  • 10Majri
  • 20CascarinoSubstituted forLe Sommerat 62'minutes
  • 6Henry
  • 14Bilbault
  • 18Asseyi
  • 13GauvinBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDianiat 63'minutes
  • 17ThineySubstituted forGeyoroat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Durand
  • 4Torrent
  • 5Tounkara
  • 7Karchaoui
  • 8Geyoro
  • 9Le Sommer
  • 11Diani
  • 12Laurent
  • 15Bussaglia
  • 21Peyraud-Magnin
  • 22Debever
  • 23Clemaron
Referee:
Melissa Borjas
Attendance:
28,267

Match Stats

Home TeamNigeriaAway TeamFrance
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home1
Away22
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nigeria 0, France 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nigeria 0, France 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Booking

    Rita Chikwelu (Nigeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Onema Grace Geyoro (France).

  6. Post update

    Onema Grace Geyoro (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Rita Chikwelu (Nigeria).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Amel Majri (France).

  9. Post update

    Uchenna Kanu (Nigeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Uchenna Kanu.

  11. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Evelyn Nwabuoku.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kadidiatou Diani (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Amandine Henry.

  13. Post update

    Onema Grace Geyoro (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rita Chikwelu (Nigeria).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Eugénie Le Sommer (France).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Nigeria. Uchenna Kanu replaces Desire Oparanozie.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Onema Grace Geyoro replaces Gaëtane Thiney.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Chiamaka Nnadozie (Nigeria).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France33007169
2Norway32016336
3Nigeria310224-23
4South Korea300318-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany33006069
2Spain31113214
3China31111104
4South Africa300318-70

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy22007166
2Brazil21015323
3Australia21014403
4Jamaica200208-80

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22003126
2Japan21102114
3Argentina201101-11
4Scotland200224-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands22004136
2Canada22003036
3Cameroon200214-30
4New Zealand200203-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA2200160166
2Sweden22007166
3Chile200205-50
4Thailand2002118-170
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