Nigeria vs France (LIVE UPDATES): Super Falcons face tough battle against hosts

Super Falcons
Super Falcons

The Nigeria women team are desperate to avoid an early exit from the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.

In the last 20 years, the Super Falcons have not made it beyond the group stage. But they hope to stop that trend as they face the host team, France, in their last group game tonight.

The 28,000 –capacity Roazhon Park in Rennes is the venue for Monday’s big FIFA Women’s World Cup clash between Nigeria and France.

Group leaders Les Bleues have already qualified for the knockout rounds. But the Super Falcons must avoid defeat tonight to be sure of their berth in the Round of 16.

A slim defeat for the Super Falcons may still see them sneak into knockout phase though that would be dependent on how the games pan out in the other groups

While the last meeting between France and Nigeria in an international friendly ended in an 8-0 humiliation for the Super Falcons, the girls have assured of a better performance in tonight’s crunch clash.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for live updates

Kickoff is 8.00pm


Super Falcons XI Vs France:

Chiamaka Nnadozie

Chidinma Okeke

Ebere Ngozi

Onome Ebi

Osinachi Ohale

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Halimatu Ayinde

Ngozi Okobi

Rita Chikwelu

Asisat Oshoala

Francisca Ordega

Desire Oparanozie (C)


France get first corner kick


Oparanozie nods the ball but France keeper makes a save


So many attack minded players in both teams


Norway has already taken the lead against South Korea


Goal kick for Nigeria


Corner kick for France as the host look for an opening in the Super Falcons defense


Ten minutes gone.. Nigeria 0-0 France


Good movements by the French Ladies so far


France have completed three times more passes than the Super Falcons


Free kick for France as Ebere orji commits a foul


Another corner kick for France as they continue to pile the pressure on the Super Falcons


No clear shot on target for both teams so far


Oshoala chooses to go solo but dispossessed


Ordega wins a free kick for Nigeria


Ebere sweeps in the cross straight into the French goalkeeper’s hand


France bossing the game with 70% of the ball possession


Rita Chikwelu almost costs Nigeria after losing possession


Ebere Orji gets the first yellow card of the game


Free kick for France but it goes out of play


As at the 27th minute, Nigeria’s passing accuracy has been 51%. They keep giving the ball away.


Oshoala struggles and wins a throw in for Nigeria


Nigeria give the ball away again .. They have done that more than 47 times tonight


France corner kick cleared and Falcons with a quick break


Huge scare for Nigeria but France blow away another chance


Bilbaily and Chikwelu clatter into each other and game momentarily halted


Both players back on as the game is back on


High boot by France player catches Onome Ebi in the head


Two minutes added


Super Falcons still holding on


Half Time.. Nigeria 0-0 France


Despite the overwhelming dominant display..the French Ladies had no shot on target


We are back for the second half.. The Super Falcons get the game underway


Free kick for France no hassles for Super Falcons


Oshoala unable to get her feet on the quick pass from Oparanozie


Free kick for Nigeria. Rita Chikwelu brought down


Players warming up on the sidelines as the coaches weigh their options on the bench


Another nervy moment for Nigeria


Thiney gets another chance for France but the Ladies blow it again


Double sub .. Gauvin in for Casperino.. Diani also in for France


More of the same from France in the second half, with waves of attack. More of the same from Nigeria, with tenacious defending. Who will crack first


Still 0-0 and looking good for Nigeria


Halimatu Ayinde with a shot but off target


Onome Ebi with a painful block for Nigeria again


A free header for the French Lady but goes over


Game stopped with another injury scare and referee consults the var


A penalty kick may be given against Nigeria and that is it


Second yellow for Ebere and that is a red card for the defender


Penalty Miss!


Penalty kick to be retaken .. The Nigeria goalkeeper left her line before the kick


And she scores this time


Nigeria 0-1 France


Oshoala can’t continue.. Ordega also pulled out.. Ana IMO and Evelyn Nwaboku come in


85 minutes gone.. Nigeria trailing France by a lone goal


France looking to double their lead


Seven minutes added time


France clear off the ball


Yellow card for Nigeria’s Halimat Ayinde


Full-Time Nigeria 0-1 France

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