Nigeria looks to upset Norway in opener

Nigeria was hurt when defender Faith Michael was stretchered off after a collision with her goalkeeper early in the second half.

Norway are renowned for their attacking prowess but will be without Women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg. With France beating South Korea in the opener on Friday, the two teams face a chance to go into Matchday 2 with a three-point edge with regards to a spot in the knockout stage.

Oparanozie who has attended two world cups (2011 & 2015) also spoke about working with three times victor of the CAF African Women's Player of the Year award Asisat Oshoala as her assistant.

Since the appointment of Thomas Dennerby as the national women's teams coach, the Swede has tried to instill some order in the attack and tried to make the players work together while still trying to maintain the verve and pace of the forward line.

"When it comes to sport, never ever give up".

The Swede who led the team to their ninth African title at Ghana last November said every game was now going to matter. "The truth is that the assemblage is a really good one and we have great potentials, so I want the more than 150 million Nigerians to stand with us and support us immensely". "We have to win the second game [against Korea Republic], we'll do all we can to win".

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. The No. 1-ranked United States is the defending Women's World Cup champion. The top scorer and most valuable player of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U20 Women's World Cup in Canada in 2014 has extra motivation to take the finals in France by storm.

The biggest story on day two of the 2019 Women's World Cup of Soccer did not appear to be about the star players who were playing, but about the star player on Norway who wasn't.


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