Norway cruise to easy 3-0 win over Nigeria

A screenshot of an RFI video portrait of Nigerian striker Francisca Ordega in the French city of Reims on 5 June 2019.                  RFI  Rosie Collyer

Guro Reiten and Lisa Marie Utland scored to help Norway open the Women's World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday night.

The Falcons will face South Korea in their next fixture at the World Cup on Wednesday before slugging it out against hosts France on June 17.

Without Ballon d'Or victor Hegerberg, who quit worldwide football in 2017 due to a dispute with her home federation, the 1995 champions relied on goals by Guro Reiten, Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland and an own goal by Osinachi Phale to prevail.

Faith Michael's faint touch was enough to put the ball out of Utland's reach before the Nigeria defender collided with her goalkeeper and was taken from the pitch on a stretcher.

The Swede who led the team to their ninth African title at Ghana last November said every game was now going to matter.


Six minutes later, things turned sour for the Super Falcons as defender Ohale Osinachi netted an goal to give Norway a three-goal lead inside the first 40 minutes.

Norway showed their class in the opening on Saturday evening with a 3-0 thumping of Nigeria.

"A game can change in the last minute". Yet still Nigeria pressed and swarmed the home team but, despite a wealth of attacking prowess, couldn't find a way of punishing Norway. The second game will be better than the first, we've learned so much from this first game and we'll come back.

Norway scored three goals in the first half of a Women's World Cup game for the seventh time - no nation has ever done so more often (USA also seven).

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