Published: Tue, June 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nigeria 0-1 France

Nigeria 0-1 France

Germany won their Women's World Cup group for the fifth consecutive time and avoided an immediate matchup with the United States by routing South Africa 4-0 on Monday.

France wave of attack continued in the second half of play which saw Ebere concede a penalty and handed the marching order with a second yellow card for the poor challenge.

Wendie Renard missed the spotkick at the first attempt but took full advantage of being ordered to retake it after Nigeria goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie stepped off her line.

France meanwhile will take on one of the four best third-placed finishers following their 1-0 win, but face the prospect of tackling defending champions the U.S. in the quarterfinals should the Americans as expected top Group F and win their subsequent last 16 tie.

Referee Melissa Borjas of Honduras awarded the penalty kick when Viviane Asseyi was knocked over by Ngozi Ebere, a call upheld in a video review and one that drew vehement protests from the Super Falcons. Nigeria has played in every Women's World Cup but advanced past the group stage just once, reaching the quarterfinals in 1999.

"We wanted to win our three group games and it's done even if it was hard", said France coach Corinne Diacre.

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She had hit the post with her first effort.

France advance to the knockout stage for the third straight World Cup.

Things were to go from bad to worse for Banyana as Dlamini gifted Germany with a second goal in the 29th minute.

Germany meanwhile ensured they missed the Americans in the next round after they topped Group B with a ideal nine points following a comprehensive 4-0 win over South Africa earlier on Monday.

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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