Women’s World Cup: Nigeria 0-1 France

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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.”

Group A

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.

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

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
England Italy
Germany France
The Netherlands Canada
Sweden USA
Japan Germany
Spain China
Norway

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Nigeria 0, France 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nigeria 0, France 1.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

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

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

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

Foul by Rita Chikwelu (Nigeria).

Foul by Amel Majri (France).

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

Corner, France. Conceded by Uchenna Kanu.

Corner, France. Conceded by Evelyn Nwabuoku.

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

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

Foul by Rita Chikwelu (Nigeria).

Foul by Eugénie Le Sommer (France).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nigeria. Uchenna Kanu replaces Desire Oparanozie.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Onema Grace Geyoro replaces Gaëtane Thiney.

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

Attempt blocked. Amel Majri (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amandine Henry.

Attempt saved. Eugénie Le Sommer (France) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Viviane Asseyi with a cross.

Charlotte Bilbault (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ngozi Okobi (Nigeria).

Substitution

Substitution, Nigeria. Evelyn Nwabuoku replaces Francisca Ordega.

Substitution

Substitution, Nigeria. Anam Imo replaces Asisat Oshoala because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria).

Attempt saved. Viviane Asseyi (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Viviane Asseyi (France).

Rita Chikwelu (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Nigeria 0, France 1. Wendie Renard (France) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

VAR: Other. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Booking

Chiamaka Nnadozie (Nigeria) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR: Other. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ngozi Ebere (Nigeria) for a bad foul.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Delay in match (France). VAR checking.

goal

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