Women’s World Cup: Germany sweep Nigeria aside to reach last 8

Germany 3-0 Nigeria, Stade des Alpes(Popp 20′, Däbritz pen 27′, Schüller 82′) Germany booked their place in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, seeing off Nigeria with three goals without reply and a little help from VAR. Alexandra Popp, Germany’s veteran striker, was making her 100th international appearance and marked the milestone with the opening goal, nodding in from close range after Sara Däbritz picked her out with an inswinging corner from the left. VAR was used to confirm the legitimacy of that goal but, not for the first time in this tournament, it played an even bigger and more controversial part in Germany’s second, which followed a few minutes later. Germany’s Lina Magull was caught by Evelyn Nwabuoku, whose follow-through caught Magull after the Nigeria defender brushed the ball. To the Nigerian players’ confusion and consternation, the referee pointed to the spot after instruction from VAR. Däbritz powered home the penalty. Lea Schüller’s ice cold finish made it 3-0 late on A scrappy second half ensued, with Nigeria coming within millimeters of halving Germany’s lead when Desire Oparanozie couldn’t quite connect with Rasheedat Ajibade’s cross after a blistering run down the left. Germany rubber-stamped the victory with eight minutes to play,… Read full this story

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