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Nigeria 2-0 South Korea: Oshoala scores to give Falcons first World Cup win since 2011 Nigeria

Asisat Oshoala scored what proved the match winner in the 2-0 win over South Korea as Nigeria secured their first win in group A and – the first since 2011.

The Falcons and their opponents entered the game needing a win to keep hopes of progressing to the next round alive, but the 8 time African champions simply showed they wanted it more.

 

Although South Korea looked the more likely of the two to finish top, it was a fortuitous goal that gifted Nigeria a breather in the half.

 

Kim Doyeon scored a own-goal, but it seemed to have taken a touch from Desire Oparanozie’s hand. The suspicion drew the Referee’s consult of VAR – but the goal stood, 1-0 Nigeria.

 

The sides into the break but there was more to play for in the second 45 minutes and both sides came out strong.

 

However, there will be no goals early on, despite Korea’s best efforts to wear done the Nigerian defense line – Chiamaka Nnadozie kept it clean.

 

But the team were able to turn defence to attack and the transition provided the second goal for the Falcons.

 

Chidinma Okeke’s long range pass picked out Oshoala, who still had some work to do. The forward beat her marker and rounded the goalie to squeeze it in from a tight angle to double the lead.

 

The game wore on and either side could have scored, but it ended 2-0 and Nigeria have now breath life into their chance of reaching the round of 16 as one of the best third placed teams.

References

  1. ^ #FIFAWWC (twitter.com)
  2. ^ #NGAKOR (twitter.com)
  3. ^ June 12, 2019 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ #FIFAWWC (twitter.com)
  5. ^ pic.twitter.com/SMpxKxV3ms (t.co)
  6. ^ June 12, 2019 (twitter.com)

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