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FULL TIME – Sweden 3-3 Nigeria
An absolutely thrilling match in the Group of Death. Sweden went in at half-time 2-0 up thanks to Oparanozie’s own goal and Fischer’s goal, but Nigeria started the second half on fire and soon equalised through Okobi and Oshoala. Sweden restored their lead with Sembrant, but once again Nigeria came back with Ordega’s cheeky finish. In the end, the African Champions deserved three points.
Nigeria play it short, but look like they want this point. Scratch that. Nigeria keep getting the ball into Sweden’s box.
Into stoppage time. 3 additional minutes for Nigeria to get a winner. They have a corner.
Ebi launches a free-kick into the box, Lindahl hesitates and Oshoala heads the ball from her, but the ref decides she had fouled the keeper.
87 mins GOAL Sweden 3-3 NIGERIA (Francisa Ordega)
What a goal. A superb pass from Okobi splits open the Swedish centre-back to Ordega who cheekily shoots the ball between the legs of Lindahl. Can they get a winner??
Ordega cuts in off the left, but her cross is well over. Can Nigeria get a deserved equaliser? They still are yet to make a sub.
A pause in play as Chukwunoye picks up an injury making a goal-saving challenge.
Ordega breaks into the box, and passes to Oshoala 6 yards from goal. She steps over the ball and Lindahl saves, but the Liverpool player is ruled correctly offside.
Nigeria keep on coming. Oparanozie has curls the ball from 30 yards towards the bottom right corner, forcing Lindahl into a parry. Oshoala is quick off the block and makes up an incredible amount of space, but the keeper does just enough to force the ball behind for a goal-kick. She had only parried the ball maybe 10 centimetres away from her, and Oshoala was 18 yards away.
Jakobsson has a dipping shot from 20 yards saved unconventionally by Dede’s shins. Whatever works.
73 mins – SWEDEN SUB
Amanda Ilestedt replaces Emma Berglund, who had just denied Nigeria a goal.
69 mins – CLOSE
Oparanozie is brilliant down the left and she crosses into the six yard box where Ayinde’s shot is saved by Lindahl. But Okobi hooks the ball goalwards, but Emma Berglund makes an incredible block to send the ball away from goal – it then hist Oshoala but goes wide. How close was that?
Josephine Chukwunoye wins the ball 40 yards from goal, and has an ambitious effort, but it goes well wide.
Nearly an immediate equaliser as Ordega gets down the right, but her cross is too far ahead for Oparanozie, but nearly goes in at the far post. I’ve said it before, what a game!
60 mins – GOAL SWEDEN 3-2 Nigeria (Lisa Sembrant)
What a lovely goal there for Sweden. Brilliant skill from Lisa Nilsson as she makes a surging run into the box down the left, and a passing move sees Sjogran play Nilsson to the byline, who plays the ball across the six-yard box and hits Sembrant’s thigh and into the net. What a game!
57 mins – SWEDEN SUB
Linda Sembrant replaces Lisa Dahlkvist to win her 56th cap.
Nigeria have a free-kick as Dahlkvist fouls Okobi, 35 yards from goal. Nwabuoku’s ball is cleared, and despite recycling the ball down the left, Oshoala ends up fouling Jakobsson.
53 mins – GOAL – Sweden 2-2 NIGERIA (Asisat Oshoala)
What a comeback. The goal-scorer Okobi plays a lovely ball up to Oshoala who holds of the challenge from Fischer in the box and calmly dinks the ball over Lindahl. What a goal. Superb play there!
50 mins – GOAL – Sweden 2-1 NIGERIA (Ngozi Okobi)
A wonderful cross from Oparanozie picks out Okobi, whose first touch takes it away from the defenders, and her second touch fires the ball past the keeper. Great goal.
Jakobsson gets to the byline in the Nigerian box, but her cut back fails to pick out a yellow shirt.
Ordega wins the ball down the left, but her ball into the ball is ahead of Oparanozie. Its been the story of the game for Nigeria so far. Great attacking play, but their final ball just hasn’t been good enough.
Sweden kick off the second half. Can Nigeria get back into this tie?
HALF-TIME Sweden Sub
Olivia Schough replaces Kosovare Asllani at half-time who had picked up a knee-injury.
HALF-TIME Sweden 2-0 Nigeria
Both goals have come from Therese Sjogran’s left-wing corners. The first was an unfortunate own-goal by Desire Oparanozie, and the second came from Nilla Fischer. But it has been an even game, with Nigeria having more efforts on goal than Sweden. If Nigeria are to mount a comeback, Asisat Oshoala will be involved.
45 mins – CLOSE
A wonderful Oshoala diagonal pass splits the Swedish defence and finds Oparanozie six yards from goal, but she is put off by Fischer’s outstanding sliding tackle and the ball goes for a goal-kick.
Ohale gives away another Sweden corner with a wayward back-pass. Sjogran’s corner hits the top of the netting. Sjogran’s corners seem to be Sweden’s main threat.
Once again, Nigeria’s pace gets them into a great position. This time, its Oparanozie down the left, but once again the delivery picks out a Swedish defender.
Lisa Dahlvist has a good effort from 25 yards, but it is straight at Dede.
37 mins – OFFSIDE
Francisa Ordega is in loads of space down the right, and her diagonal pass picks out Oshoala in the box, but she shoots straight at Lindahl who makes the save. She was also offside.
Sweden have another corner. Sjogran’s inswinging corner hits the top of the crossbar and bounces behind.
31 mins – GOAL SWEDEN 2-0 Nigeria (Nilla Fischer)
Sweden have a corner, which was given away needlessly by Osinachi Ohale under no pressure. Sjogran’s delivery is dangerous and Ebere has to clear the ball off the line. But the shot from Lotta Schelin is going wide, but it hits the foot of Fischer, six yards from goal and the ball goes into the back of the net. That is Fischer’s 20th goal in her 131st cap.
Nigeria have the free-kick, in the ‘D’. Ebere’s driven effort hits Asllani in the wall, and the ball comes back to Ebere, but this time she fires her shot wide of the right-hand post.
Oshoala’s delightful ball to Oparanozie who his fouled by Rubensson just outside the box. Dangerous free-kick position.
25 mins – CLOSE
I told you Oshoala was being a menace. She robs Nilsson of the ball, and leaves Sjogran behind as she breaks into the box, but her shot goes narrowly wide of the far post.
Oparanozie tries to play Oshoala into the box, but she is superbly tackled by Lina Nilsson.
Nigeria have a corner, as Ayinde’s shot is deflected wide. Ebere’s cross is cleared to Halimat Ayinde’s whose shot hits a defender.
21 mins – GOAL SWEDEN 1-0 Nigeria (Oparanozie og)
Sjogran’s delivery is headed on by Nilla Fischer which hits Desire Oparanozie’s chest and into the net. Really unfortunate own goal there.
Sweden corner. Therese Sjogran delivery is punched clear, and Sweden win another corner.
Oshoala is proving to be a handful down the right. Her first cross is blocked, before he second is well claimed by Lindahl. If Nigeria do score, you feel she’s going to be involved somehow.
Nigeria have another corner. Ebere’s tantalising delivery is caught by Lindahl.
Sweden have their first corner. What can they do? They’ve yet to test the Nigerian keeper Precious Dede. Lina Nillson’s corner is headed over by Emma Berglund and goes behind for another corner. Sjogran’s corner is cleared by Dede at the near post, and then Sjogran’s next cross is punched uncertainly by Dede, but Sweden can’t take advantage of it as Asllani’s overhead lob is easily claimed by Dede.
Another Nigeria attack, but this one ends with Ayinde’s cross just sailing wide of the far post.
A wonderful run from Asisat Oshola as she breaks into the box, but Lindahl is quick off the block to take the ball from her feet. Then Sweden break quickly, and Sofia Jakobsson’s cross is just ahead of Lotta Schelin. End-to-end stuff here.
What do Nigeria do with this free-kick, on the edge of the box, on the right-hand side. Ebere fires a curling shot with her left-foot, and it’s well saved by Hedvig Lindahl.
Nigeria have the game’s first corner. Ngozi Ebere plays it short to Ngozi Okobe who gets fouled by Kosovore Asslani on the edge of the box.
Both sides have had the ball in the opposition box, but both times the defence deals with it.
Nigeria get this Group D tie started.
Sweden qualified by winning their group with a 100% record, beating Scotland twice. Nigeria qualified by winning the 2014 African Women’s Championship, beating Cameroon 2-0 in the Final. This should be a very exciting game to watch.
Later in Group D, there is the match between USA and Australia to finish the opening games in the so-called Group of Death. There are also two Group C matches: Cameroon vs Ecuador and Japan vs Switzerland.
Sweden’s experience shows, with 1,438 caps between the 23 players – whilst Nigeria only have 530.
20:53 – Lineups
Welcome to the Group D tie between Sweden and Nigeria. Sweden on the first UEFA Women’s European Championship, whilst Nigeria are the only African team to qualify for every World Cup. Nigeria have the BBC’s Women Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala – who, of course, plays for Liverpool. This is the Group of Death.