Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Norway thump Falcons 3-0 in W’Cup opener

Norway thump Falcons 3-0 in W’Cup opener

Saturday's game also marked a milestone for veteran Onome Ebi, who became the first African to play at five World Cup tournaments.

Nigeria conceded the first goal in the 17th minute when Gur Reiten scored for Norway after receiving a superb assist from Caroline Graham.

The win sees them go second in Group A, behind France whilst Nigeria stands third by virtue of a better goals difference than South Korea.

With their victory, Norway are level on points with hosts France, who they face on Wednesday.Ingrid Hjelmseth, Norway's 39-year-old goalkeeper, had little to do as Nigeria struggled to carve out chances.On a bad night for the African champions, defender Faith Michael was carried off on a stretcher after being caught by team-mate Oluehi.

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NAN reports that the 0-3 result was not the start the Super Falcons would have wanted, going by the way they came into the game. "A game can change in the last minute so we will work very hard for it and I can promise that we'll never give up", Dennerby said.

Norway showed their class in the opening on Saturday evening with a 3-0 thumping of Nigeria. We have to fight for 180 minutes more, plus added time.

Despite the big win, Norway occupy second spot in the group after France's 4-0 win over Korea Republic on Friday evening. The fearless twosome are great individually, but the fact that they play their club football together for Chelsea gave them an nearly telepathic understanding at the heart of the Norwegian rearguard.

Two goals in the space of 186 seconds effectively ended the game in the first half.

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