Germany were deserved winners, at the 2019 Women’s World Cup match against Nigeria, but the Super Falcons performed with great skill and resolve.
The Germans dominated possession, scoring three, keeping yet another clean sheet and maintaining their record of making it into the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals.
That run from Rasheedat Ajibade early in the second half was as exhilarating as football gets. Had Desire Oparanozie got a toe on Ajibade’s cross to half the deficit, this would have been a whole lot tighter.
A questionable VAR call also allowed Germany’s first goal to stand, with Svenja Huth standing in front of Chiamaka Nnadozie, offside, arguably interfering with play.
But Germany had it going, even in second gear, as Alexandra Popp scored her 48th international goal while Lea Schuller bagged a clinical first at a World Cup.
They advance to the quarters having played four, won four, scored nine, conceded none.
They’ll play Sweden or Canada next Saturday, while the Super Falcons have been sent home.
By Oluwatoyin Adeleye