Group A: NIGERIA 0-1 FRANCE
France confirmed top spot in Group A, before 28,267 fans in Rennes, with more help from the Video Assisted Referee.
They had laboured to create goalscoring opportunities until Viviane Asseyi was brought down in the penalty box on 74 minutes. VAR prompted match official Melissa Borjas to check the decision, which resulted in a spot kick for the French and a red card for Ngozi Ebere.
Wendie Renard then stepped up and hit her spot kick against the upright. VAR deemed that keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie had come off her line early and ordered a retake, which was harsh on the 18-year old as she hadn’t actually saved the shot. Eight minutes after the original award, Renard’s scored from her second attempt, firing into the opposite corner.
The Super Falcons are still in with a chance of qualifying as a best third-placed finisher thanks to the three points they secured against Korea Republic, but must now wait to see how other results pan out.
GROUP A: KOREA REPUBLIC 1-2 NORWAY
Norway joined France in the Round of 16, eking past a South Korean team that put on a decent second half show in their attempt to recover a two-goal deficit.
Penalties from Caroline Graham Hansen and Isabell Herlovsen early in each half had put the Grasshoppers in a commanding position, but Yeo Min-ji got one back after a cheeky back heel from Lee Geum-min, giving Taegeuk Nangja their first goal of the tournament. Despite their best attempts Korea couldn’t force parity meaning they will be on the plane home.
Ahead of the knockout stages Norway head coach Martin Sjögren must wait to hear on the fitness of Wolfsburg winger Graham Hansen who was taken off after being fouled for the second spot kick. Early noises post-match were positive in this respect.
GROUP B: SOUTH AFRICA 0-4 GERMANY
The World Cup came to an end for Banyana Banyana as the Germans proved too strong for them in Montpelier.
The World ranked number 2 side were three goals to the good by half time thanks to headers from Lena Oberdorf and Alexandra Popp, sandwiching Sara Däbritz’s tap in following a goalkeeping error.
Lina Magull was in the right place to complete the rout after Marina Hegering’s diving header hit the post. The Germans go into the second phase of the competition having achieved a perfect record in the group stages of maximum points and no goals yet conceded.
CHINA PR 0-0 SPAIN
China and Spain played out a goalless draw in Le Havre with both teams qualifying for the Round of 16. Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso had the best chances to score on the day but found goalkeeper Peng Shimeng in good form.
The Europeans qualify in second spot by virtue of a better goal difference.