Hegerberg-less Norway canter past Nigeria

Ross Houston
June 12, 2019

It was a bad night for the African champions as defender Faith Michael was carried off on a stretcher after being caught by team-mate Oluehi.

Lyon striker Hegerberg, who scored a hat-trick in Lyon's Champions League final win over Barcelona last month, refused to come to the tournament due to a dispute with her national federation, which she accuses of failing to respect women players.

Giulia Gwinn got the only goal of the game six minutes after the hour mark to seal three points for the Germans. The Koreans lost 0-4 to host nation France in the championship opening match in Paris on Friday. The NFF has done well by ensuring good preparation for the team, with the tournaments that we played. "Women football is also on the rise and I can say we have improved to given the preparation we have experienced".

"When it comes to sports, never ever give up". We have to fight for 180 minutes more, plus added time. "We have to win the second game [against Korea Republic], we'll do all we can to win".

The buzz: China, which won just one of five matches against World Cup teams since January, opens the tournament against second-ranked Germany and Dzsenifer Marozsan, one of the best players on the planet.

Nigeria impressed but were unable to progress to the knockout stages at the 2015 World Cup after a tough draw that grouped them with eventual champions USA, Australia and Sweden. Arguably the world's best active player, Hegerberg is not playing at the 2019 Women's World Cup of Soccer because she believes that Norwegian Soccer does not treat their women's program equally to their men's program.

With one goal under their belt - possibly having exorcized any daemons from two years ago - Norway seemed to relaxed, Caroline Graham Hansen's deft footwork to set up Reiten the sign that they had settled.

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