Nigeria face France in a must-win game in their last group game in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Roazhon Park.
Teams: Nigeria and France
With two wins in as many games, France are currently leading the table, scoring six times and conceding just one.
The hosts are almost guaranteed a place in the last-16. For them, the worst case scenario is a win for Norway against South Korea, and they themselves lose to Nigeria by at least 3-0. Too hypothetical! So, France are through.
Nigeria meanwhile won their first game in the FIFA Women’s World Cup since 2011 after beating South Korea 2-0.
The win could prove to be crucial for Super Falcons as even if they lose to the hosts in their next game, they can still secure a berth at the last-16 by finishing as one of the 3rd best teams at the group stage.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 match will be played between Nigeria and France at Stade de la Route de Lorient (Roazhon Park), in Rennes, Brittany, France. The ground has a capacity of 29,778. The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), Tuesday, June 18.
Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.
Recent form (Last six matches) Nigeria – W L W L L W France – W W L W D L
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Nigeria Team News:
Despite featuring in the AFCON Finals in 2018, Josephine Chukwunonye has been dropped from Nigeria’s World Cup squad. Thus, Osinachi Ohale is expected to play at the left-back.
Nigeria head coach Thomas Dennerby took a bold decision for the 2nd game, dropping first choice keeper Tochukwu Oluehi to the bench, and replaced her with 18-year-old Chiamaka Nnadozie. The teenager didn’t disappoint her coach as she looked calm and composed and should start in goal here.
Nigeria issued a statement regarding Centre-back Faith Michael that she won’t be featuring in the world cup after who picking up an injury in Game-1 against Norway.
Dennerby made some tactical changes as well, shifting Osinachi Ohale to the centre-back position while bringing in Chidinma Nkeruka Okeke on the left side of the defence. Ohale started the first game at right-back.
Nigeria world cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Tochukwu Oluehi, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Alaba Jonathan