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FULL TIME – Australia 2-0 Nigeria
This is controversial. There were meant to be FOUR minutes of added time, but the referee stops it after just 90 seconds. But Australia deserved to win.
Nigeria have a free-kick, just outside the right corner of the box. Ebere’s ball is good, but no one attacks it and Australia clear.
Michelle Heyman replaces Kyah Simon, whose 2 goals is the difference between the sides.
Courtney Dike replaces Oshoala to make her Nigerian debut.
Oshoala cuts off the left, and shoots but her speculative curling effort is always going over.
82 mins – CLOSE
Australia have a free-kick on the right. Kellond-Knight’s ball is beautiful and Laura Alleway attacks the ball at the near post, but her shot hits the post.
79 mins – CLOSE
A long ball finds De Vanna who shoots on the edge of the box, but it is straight at Dede who makes a great save. The shot had the power, but not the placement.
Nigeria have a free-kick on the right. Nwabuoko’s ball is good but a foul is committed by Nigeria. Great to see Kerr back on.
76 mins – OUCH
Another elbow missed by the officials. Off the ball, Njoku elbows Kerr. Should have been a straight-red card. Not what you want to see.
Okobi gets to the byline and dinks a lovely ball to the far post, but no-one had made the run. The story of the game so far from Nigeria.
Ordega sets up Oshoala, but she leans back as she shoots and her effort goes over the crossbar.
Nigeria have a free-kick on the left, but the wonderful delightful ball across the six-yard box is missed by every Nigerian.
Foord’s cross from the right is only partially cleared by Chukwunonye to Kerr. She dinks a curling ball over the defence where two Australians are waiting, but Kyah Simon shoots the ball back across goal and into the net. Where was the defence?
Australia has a free-kick on the left. Van Egmond’s flighted free-kick falls to Kerr, who gets a foot to it, but can’t get enough contact to direct in goalwards.
Another great cross from Ebere, but once again no Nigerian player can get onto the end of the delivery.
Tameka Butt comes on to win her 50th cap as she replaces Katrina Gorry.
Alleway takes the free-kick, but her shot never looks like it was hitting the target.
Chukwunonye gives away a free-kick about 25 yards from goal and gets booked.
59 mins – CLOSE
Lovely passing from Nigeria. Ebere’s cross finds Oshoala free at the right side of the box, but she gets her volley all wrong and it goes harmlessly wide.
Oshoala lobs a ball back across goal, but fortunately for Williams it lands on the top-netting. Nigeria on top, without worrying Australia.
Oshoala’s cross is headed behind by Kennedy. Nigeria waste the corner.
The 39 year old Perpetua Nkwocha comes on for Oparanozie. Nkwocha has 80 goals in 98 caps.
Ebere’s corner lands on the top-netting.
Ugo Njoku replaces Osinachi Ohale.
52 mins – CLOSE
Nigeria has a free-kick, 25 yards from goal, just right of central. Oparanozie’s curling shot is parried wide by Williams. Should she have caught that?
Oparanozie is picked out in the box but Kennedy wins the ball off her.
A great run down the left sees Kerr pick out Gorry, but her header is straight at Dede. Australia look dangerous every time they get the ball to Kerr.
SECOND HALF KICKS-OFF
Nigeria gets the second half started.
HALF-TIME Australia 1-0 Nigeria
So Australia are in front at half-time thanks to Kyah Simon’s goal. But Nigeria was 2-0 down at half-time. They will still be confident in winning this. It has been a fairly even game, with both teams having 6 shots and Australia just ahead on possession (52%). But goals are what counts.
Nigeria has a corner, played short to Ebere. But before she can launch the ball into the box, the referee blows for half-time.
One minute of additional time is indicated.
Nwabuoku picks up the match’s first booking for a high boot on Kerr.
Oshoala runs across the face of the box looking to shoot and eventually the ball falls to Ordega whose shot/cross is blocked by Kennedy.
Better from Nigeria, as Oshoala gets to the byline. She passes to Okobi, but her tame shot is straight at Williams.
Australia have another corner. They work it shot, but Simon plays the ball over the bar. Nigeria aren’t putting a player out there to stop these short corners.
Ohale’s long ball picks out Okobi 30 yards from goal. She chests the ball, and launches a lobbed volley which only narrowly goes over the crossbar.
A long ball sends Oparanozie through on goal, but Williams is quick off her line and slides in to claim the ball with her hands at the Nigerian’s feet. Times that perfectly.
35 mins – CLOSE
Australia nearly have a second. Catlin Foord broke into the final third, her pass to Simon split open the defence. She turned and tried to make space, but her shot took a large deflection off Chukwunonye towards De Vanna, free on the left side of the box, but she fired her shot wide of the near post.
34 mins – Nigeria Free-Kick
Nigeria have a free-kick 35 yards from goal, but Oshoala’s ball goes straight to the keeper.
This is sublime. De Vanna’s change of pace sees her beat two players and then send Kyah Simon into the box, and she places the ball over the keeper and into the net. Great goal.
Kellond-Knight’s cross nearly finds Kerr, but Dede claims the ball. You feel either side is close to creating the first great chance.
Lovely skill from Oparanozie sees her cut inside past her marker, but her shot goes wide of the near post.
Gorry steals the ball from Ayinde and then plays a diagonal pass into the box where it just about reaches Kerr, but her weak shot is an easy save for Dede.
Oshoala has a shot from 25 yards deflected back to Nwabuoku who tries her luck, but her side-footed shot was straight at the keeper.
Nigeria carve out another half-chance as Oparanozie gets into a dangerous area, but instead of shooting she tries to pick out Okobi, but overhits her pass.
Nigeria have a half-chance her as Oshoala breaks into the box, but under pressure from Catley shoots wide of the near post.
Australia have the first corner but it comes to nothing as a foul is noted.
Australia have a half-hearted penalty appeal thinking Kerr’s cross hit Ebi’s arm, but it clearly hits her chest.
Kerr makes another great run down the right, this time her cross is cleared by Ohale.
Ohale’s dangerous ball takes a fortunate deflection of Gorry’s head and Williams can claim the ball
The ball from Kerr nearly finds De Vanna, but the ball is just ahead of her.
Ohale plays a long ball to find Ordega, but the shot was just overhit.
Australia has a free-kick just outside the box as Ohale brings down Kerr. Great chance here. A short passing move sees van Egmond shoot into the wall, and the chances is gone.
Australia kick off this Group D tie.
These teams have never met in any type of fixture before. Who is going to come out on top?
National Anthems time. Australia up first.
It’s a glorious day in Winnipeg, with the sun shining and a temperature of 27C. No chances of thunder and lightning. Surely?
This, of course, is not the only Women’s World Cup match taking place today. Switzerland take on Ecuador at 00:00, before the USA play Sweden at 01:00 – a game you can watch on BBC Two (if you’re in the UK). And then at 03:00, it is Japan vs Cameroon. Four great games, and I will be providing live-text for them all.
(4-4-2) Precious Dede (GK), Osinachi Ohale, Josephine Chukwunonye, Onome Ebi, Ngozi Ebere, Asisat Oshoala, Evelyn Nwabuoko (c), Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie.
(4-3-3) Lydia Williams (GK), Catlin Foord, Laura Alleway, Alanna Kennedy, Steph Catley, Emily van Egmond, Elise Kellond-Kinght, Katrina Gorry, Lisa De Vanna (c), Kyah Simon, Samantha Kerr.
21:26 – TEAM NEWS
Unsurprisingly, Nigeria stick with the same eleven that drew against Sweden. Australia name three changes, with Lydia Williams, Alanna Kennedy and Kyah Simon replacing Melissa Barbieri, Servet Uzunlar and Michelle Heyman.
The Group of Death. There is always one, and so far it has produced the game of the tournament. Sweden looked like they had beaten Nigeria, 2-0 up at half-time. But the African Champions produced a thrilling second half as they came back twice to secure a 3-3 draw.
Australia took on the pre-tournament favourites USA and were unfortunate to lose the game 3-1. Both teams need to win today to improve their qualification hopes. And if USA beat Sweden in the later game, a win for Nigeria will all but see them reach the last 16.
Remember though, the four best ‘third-placed’ teams will also reach the Last 16.