After literally squeezing through to the Round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the Super Falcons are set for another big hurdle in their quest to stay on in the tournament.
With their 16th placement amongst those that progressed into the knockout phase, the Nigerian Ladies have been handed a tough duel against Germany.
Saturday’s Round of 16 clash is billed to take place at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
Germany contested in Group B of the championship, defeating China and Spain by the odd goal before hammering African representatives South Africa 4-0.
They amassed all nine points without blinking and have a different pedigree from the Super Falcons as far as history and France 2019 are concerned.
Nigeria lost their opening match 0-3 to Norway in Reims, before snatching all three points from the Korea Republic and losing 0-1 – a late penalty – to host nation France in Rennes.
Yet, this is the first time in 20 years that Nigeria would be making the knockout stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
While the Super Falcons will miss the suspended duo of left-back Ngozi Ebere and midfielder Rita Chikwelu, they are expected to still give the Germans a run for their money.
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Kickoff is 4.30pm
Germany Starting XI
1 Almuth Schult
5 Marina Hegering
23 Sara Doorsoun
17 Verena Schweers
15 Giulia Gwinn
20 Lina Magull
18 Melanie Leupolz
13 Sara Däbritz
9 Svenja Huth
7 Lea Schüller
11 Alexandra Popp
NIGERIA Starting XI
16 Chiamaka Nnadozie
6 Evelyn Nwabuoku
5 Onome Ebi
3 Osinachi Ohale
20 Chidinma Okeke
18 Halimatu Ayinde
13 Ngozi Okobi
17 Francisca Ordega
12 Uchenna Kanu
19 Chinwendu Ihezuo
9 Desire Oparanozie
Match already underway.. Nigeria vs Germany
Super Falcons with the first attempt on goal and first corner kick
Germany with a huge ball possession
Still no goals for either side
Goal for Germany
VAR being consulted
Penalty shout for Germany
VAR gives it for the Germans
Goal number two
Germany cruising at the moment
20 minutes Germany 2-0 Nigeria
Second half already underway
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