Hapless Banyana bow out of World Cup

Ross Houston
June 18, 2019

Referee Melissa Borjas awarded a spot-kick after consulting VAR and adjudging that Viviane Asseyi had been taken down by Ngozi Ebere - who was shown a second yellow card for the challenge.

The hosts pipped the hard-fighting Super Falcons team by a lone goal on Monday night to maintain their ideal run in the Women's World Cup just like Germany who are also through to the knock out phase with maximum points.

Renard then blasted into the corner for France's goal, but only after she was allowed to re-take the penalty due to goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie coming off her line.

The game in Rennes remained goalless until the final 15 minutes, with Wendie Renard scoring a penalty at the second attempt to secure a 1-0 win.

A crowd of 28,267 watched host nation Les Bleues outshoot Nigeria 22-2 and hold 69 per cent possession.

France and Nigeria met at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, and Marie-Laure Delie's goal emerged as the match-winner.

Nigeria could still qualify for the knockout stages as one of the four best third-placed sides having lost to Norway but beaten South Korea earlier in the tournament.

Olusegun wrote: "Extremely proud of our Super falcons of Nigeria vs France at the world cup". Nigeria has played in every Women's World Cup but advanced past the group stage just once, reaching the quarterfinals in 1999.

The Barcelona attacker had to watch while she received treatment on the sidelines as Isabell Herlovsen just squeezed home Norway's second to secure the points from a nervy encounter and seal second place in Group A, despite Yeo Min-ji's poked finish 12 minutes from time.

The loss was Banyana Banyana's third defeat in as many games and they finished the group campaign without a win and a point.

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