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Superb Oshoala goal gives Nigeria first win


(BBC) A brilliant goal by Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala helped earn Nigeria a first win at the 2019 Women’s World Cup – and all but end South Korea’s hopes of reaching the last-16.

Nigeria went ahead when South Korea defender Kim Do-yeon volleyed past her own keeper.

Ex-Arsenal and Liverpool player Oshoala held off a defender before rounding the keeper to score Nigeria’s second goal.

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South Korea, who face Norway in their third and final group match on Monday, have yet to score or earn a point.

Nigeria will confirm a place in the knockout stage if they beat hosts France, one of the tournament favourites, on Monday (20:00 BST) in Rennes.

However, they could also advance as one of the four best third-placed teams.

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“We said when we started that we wanted to be in the last 16. Nothing has changed,” said Nigeria boss Thomas Dennerby.

“We already have a good team spirit but maybe this win will give us a little bit more. Now we go to play France, a really good team.

“If we can come out with a point everyone would be extremely happy.”

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Having qualified for the World Cup after finishing fifth at the 2018 Asian Cup, South Korea are anchored at the bottom of Group A with a goal difference of minus six.

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