Norway shutouts Nigeria in opener

Norway's Caroline Graham Hansen left and Emilie Haavi attend a team training in Moss Norway Tuesday

Norway's Caroline Graham Hansen left and Emilie Haavi attend a team training in Moss Norway Tuesday

Norway are level on points with hosts France, who they face on Wednesday.

Faith Michael's faint touch was enough to put the ball out of Utland's reach before the Nigeria defender collided with her goalkeeper and was taken from the pitch on a stretcher.

In 105 games with her French professional team, Hegerberg has been electric as she has scored 130 goals since 2014 and became the first women's player to win the Ballon d'Or Feminin (the best women's football player of the year award by French Football) in 2018.

"We're going to go back and look at our mistakes and maybe work on them. So, I hope we can score a lot of goals". The NFF has done well by ensuring good preparation for the team, with the tournaments that we played.

Nigeria boss Thomas Dennerby: "When it comes to sport, never ever give up".

The latter did have several chances in the final 30 minutes though and Asisat Oshoala missed two chances in as many minutes that could have gotten her side on the scoresheet, and potentially back into the match.

Falcon player Onome Ebi said after the game. We have to win the second game (against Korea Republic), and we'll do all we can to win, " she assured.

Norway have won their first match at each of their last seven World Cup tournaments (1995 to 2019) since a 0-4 defeat in their opening match in 1991 against China.

On their part, Nigeria's Super Falcons are ranked 38th in the world but could surprise many despite their underdog status.

"Our first [2019 Women's World Cup] match is against Nigeria", Nautnes told RFI.

Norway would have been in a greatly improved position for an attack on the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup had Ada Hegerberg made herself accessible for choice yet the best female player in the world will miss for the tournament.

With one goal under their belt - possibly having exorcized any daemons from two years ago - Norway seemed to relaxed, Caroline Graham Hansen's deft footwork to set up Reiten the sign that they had settled.

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