June 17, 2019

Norway opens World Cup with 3-0 win over Nigeria

12 June 2019, 08:57 | Henrietta Morgan

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Guro Reiten opened the scoring for the Norwegians in the 17th minute before Lisa-Marie Utland made it 2-0 in the 34th minute.

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.

Norway forward Emilie Nautnes has disclosed her side's readiness to light up the Stade Auguste-Delaune with goals when they take on Nigeria on Saturday.

The 1995 winners played without Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or victor who stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the federation treats the men's and women's teams.

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Giulia Gwinn got the only goal of the game six minutes after the hour mark to seal three points for the Germans.

Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala nearly restored parity for Nigeria in the 22nd minute when she gained possession from a long ball by Onome, but she blasted over the bar.

Mistakes from Oluehi and Ebi after what should have been a routine goal kick then led to the third goal, with Isabell Herlovsen's right-wing cross diverted into her own net by Ohale.

"We're going to go a bit deeper, we'll play as more of a group".

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".

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Two goals in the space of 186 seconds effectively ended the game in the first half. Poland was the team, that Norway played the last opposition versus.

The win for Norway sets up a highly anticipated Group A clash against tournament hosts France, who thrashed South Korea in the opening game.

Super Falcons next match is against South Korea on Wednesday and will need to win it or face being knocked out in the group stage of the World Cup for the fifth consecutive time.

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