Nigeria v South Korea | Group Stage 2019

FIFA Women's World Cup | Stade des Alpes

After performing a counter-attacking game plan to perfection on Korea, the Super Falcons are back in the hunt for a location in the last 16. They liked a piece of luck with their own objective, but they were not fortunate about the great second objective of Asisat Oshoala. They now face the hosts while the Republic of Korea prays against Norway for a miracle.

Nigeria has entered three points between France and Norway, but it is all quite grim for the Republic of Korea. They must beat the Norwegians, and probably beat them persuasively, so that they can move forward.

“First of all, I need to apologise to the fans who cheered for us here in the stadium and back home because we did not meet their expectations. But I do believe our players did their best in today’s match. Our players had some good chances but the end result is a loss and we need to accept that. We have one match left here and I hope we can show everyone what we are capable of.”
– Yoon Dukyeo, Korea Republic coach

Nigeria has given itself a real chance to achieve this in France 2019, until the last 16. They have also perfectly carried out their coach’s counterattack plan.

The Taegeuk Nangja did all they can to maintain their hopes alive in the last few minutes. Nevertheless, for the final group match it is time to group and recover because it has not yet finished Despite its greatest results in their campaign to date, Korea has not got what it wanted and has succeeded in a new defeat. The Taegeuk Nangja was all the more dismayed because they were only the victim of two rapid counter-attacks throughout their entire ownership.

“Today our discipline was better than against Norway – no mistakes at all. If we can be as compact as we were today, don’t let teams overplay us in midfield and find passes through, we know we’ll get opportunities for players like Asisat. The players followed our match plan and that’s all you can really ask. Now we go to play France, a really good team. If we can come out with a point everyone would be extremely happy. But you can’t just go to defend – you need to know what to do when you win the ball back. And hopefully we can have a little bit of success.”
– Thomas Dennerby, Nigeria coach

The Super Falcons deserved a victory by opening their France account in 2019. They questioned them all. They did everything. Keep your defense focus, work on the midfield and finish your chances of assault. Key points and important objectives gave them the opportunity to progress for the first time since 1999 from the group level.