We’re now into the second spherical of fixtures within the Ladies’s World Cup as Group A took to the stage for a second time, whereas Germany and Spain went head-to-head of their second video games of the match respectively.
It has been attractive stuff to this point and, as is the now the norm, we weren’t disenchanted with one other day of WWC motion because the 2019 version introduced us with some extra mouthwatering clashes to get our enamel sunk into.
Nigeria 2-Zero South Korea
It was do or die for each these sides after developing quick within the opening matches of their World Cup campaigns.
After dropping to France 4-Zero within the curtain raiser, South Korea knew they needed to pull one thing out of the bag in the event that they have been to maintain their desires of progressing from the group stage alive. Sadly, luck was not on their facet as defender Kim Do-yeon volleyed previous her personal goalkeeper after half an hour to offer them a mountain to climb.
A lofted ball excessive within the centre circle was tried to be introduced down by Do-yeon, however her miscontrol solely guided the ball past her personal keeper.
Having been marginally the higher facet as much as that time, South Korea continued to push for an equaliser, believing they’d it within the second half just for a strike to accurately be dominated for offside by the best of margins.
The factors have been wrapped up for Nigeria with 15 minutes to go as a beautiful counter attacking transfer ended with Asisat Oshoala out-muscling the defender, rounding the goalkeeper and ending into the online from an acute angle.
Wednesday’s end result all-but ends South Korea’s hopes of qualifying from the group, whereas Nigeria know victory over France of their closing recreation will see them progress to the knockout phases.
Germany 1-Zero Spain
Germany made it two wins out of two on the World Cup as they claimed a slim win over Spain in Group B.
In a primary half have been Spain have been accountable for possession, Lucia Garcia spurned an excellent alternative to place her facet in entrance towards the FIFA-ranked second finest facet on the earth, as she positioned her effort large when one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Silvia Meseguer was subsequent to overlook the goal, firing large when present in house on the sting of the field.
Spain have been made to rue these squandered possibilities as Bayern Munich midfielder Sara Dabritz’s scrappy end from shut vary handed the German’s the benefit on 42 minutes. Captain Marta Torrejón didn’t clear a unfastened ball within the field, and her hesitancy was capitalised on within the cruelest of how.
The objective sparked Germany into life within the second interval, as they’d the choose of the possibilities, but Spain will level to a contentious choice by the referee to not ship Verena Schweers off after she intentionally fouled the onrushing Garcia because the final defender.
In torrential rain, neither facet may discover a second objective with Germany now requiring a monumental collapse to cease them progressing by means of to the knockout phases.
France 2-1 Norway
A VAR-awarded penalty noticed the match hosts overcome a Norwegian fightback to come back inside touching distance of the knockout phases.
Kadidiatou Diani was the liveliest participant on the pitch in a primary half the place France didn’t benefit from their possibilities. The centre ahead was unplayable as she ran the Norwegian backline ragged, firing a few effort large after making house for herself with some high-quality ahead runs.
Valerie Gauvin had a tame effort collected by Ingrid Hjelmseth after an inch-perfect cross from Diani; whereas moments later Eugenie Le Sommer practically obtained her head on a proper wing supply as France dominated.
All their onerous work within the first half was not about to let up, nonetheless, as France took the lead lower than one minute after the restart. A swinging cross from Amel Majri was smashed house by Gauvin, who nipped in entrance of her marker.
Then, calamity. Eight minutes later a pretty innocent ball was despatched in throughout the ground from the left and French centre half Wendie Renard obtained her toes completely unsuitable, tapping the ball house as if it have been deliberate.
France continued to push for a winner however have been unable to document any critical possibilities, till Marion Torrent went down below a problem from Ingrid Engen. Referee Bibiana Steinhaus initially did not award the spot kick, however after VAR verify she reversed her choice and gave the penalty to France.
Le Sommer made no mistake, thumping an effort into the underside left. The hosts noticed out the remaining 18 minutes of the sport comparatively comfortably to place one had on the knockout phases and depart Norway’s hopes on their closing group match with Nigeria.