Asisat Oshoala scored for the Super Falcons of Nigeria in their second game at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France on Wednesday.
Oshoala, who was named player of the match, doubled Nigeria’s lead in the 75th minute, following an assist by Chidinma Okeke.
Nigeria had been gifted the first goal by Korea’s Kim Doyeon in the 29th minute at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
Falcons’ Onome Ebi had her shot towards goal blocked by the Koreans, but Doyeon was later unfortunate to put the rebound in her own net.
But VAR was consulted before the goal was allowed to stand, after it appeared that Nigeria’s captain, Desire Oparanozie touched the ball on its way to the net. Referee Anastasia Pustovoytova from Russian eventually allowed the goal to stand.
Oshoala after the match, said:
“At first, I think we were a little bit scared of losing and going out. But after a while we just decided to go for it. I always say that I’m never under pressure – I just go on the pitch and do my job. It’s an 11-player game and I just look to enjoy the game, have fun and do the right thing for my team. The group is wide open now. We just have to concentrate now on making sure we get the points we need against France.”
The Nigerian team now have three points and will face hosts France in their final group game.
France and Norway will play later on Wednesday. France beat Korea 4-0 in the opening match last Saturday, while Norway saw off Nigeria 3-0.