Nigeria 2-0 South Korea: Women's World Cup 2019 – as it happened

South Korea must now try to get something against Norway in their next game, which seems a stretch at this juncture. Nigeria play France next but stand every chance of reaching the last 16. It’s been fun, take care all!


So a great day for Nigerian fans, not so much for their opponents. But everyone should watch a replay of the second goal from the brilliant Asisat Oshoala. A real example of how to finish...


Full-time: Nigeria 2 South Korea 0

A massive win for the Super Falcons. They needed that. But it looks like goodbye to South Korea...

90+3 A scything challenge from Chikwelu ends another attack in its tracks but South Korea waste the free kick. They look thoroughly beaten unfortunately

90 mins Another tame shot from South Korea ends up in the Nigerian goalkeeper’s hands. They have been really disappointing in the final third. Four minutes of stoppage time to go

89 mins It’s been a solid defensive display by the Nigerians today, with Nnadozie showing no signs of nerves. She denies Yeo Min-ji after a clever swivel in the box


87 mins South Korea going down fighting here at least. But Moon’s header at the back post is well saved by Chiamaka Nnadozie

84 mins Cho wins a corner as Oshoala comes off the pitch. She has showed her class today

81 mins Anam Imo has come on for Nigeria to exploit the spaces being left at the back. She’s the third 18-year-old to feature today for the Super Falcons

79 mins Almost another there but Oshoala’s touch deserted her in the box. South Korea hanging on now

78 mins Superb stuff from Oshoala to stay on her feet there and put the ball in from a very tight angle - that’s the first time since 1999 that Nigeria have scored twice at the World Cup. This one is surely in the bag now...

GOAL! Asisat Oshoala makes it 2-0

A lovely break from Nigeria and the Barcelona striker does the rest. Brilliant finish after taking the ball around the keeper

CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images
CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images


73 mins There’s not been enough zip on the passing today from South Korea and that has left them vulnerable to losing the ball. Chiamaka Nnadozie just about deals with a cross from the right. She’s looked pretty calm for a teenager making her debut!

70 mins Cho So-hyun is in the wars again for South Korea after clashing with Ayinde. Then Ebi goes down heavily for Nigeria. They are slowing the game down well here

Ebi and Nnadozie battle in defence.
Ebi and Nnadozie battle in defence. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters


68 mins You can feel the frustration growing among the South Korean players. Time is running out for them now....

66 mins Another corner sees the chance of an equaliser go begging after Moon’s effort was blocked. Halimatu Ayinde comes on for the Super Falcons as they look to steady the ship

62 mins Cho So-hyun received treatement after a heavy clash in midfield. Thankfully she looks ok now and play is carrying on. South Korea have a corner...

59 mins Goal disallowed for South Korea! The cross was fired across and a poor save from Chiamaka Nnadozie presented the ball to Lee Geum-min, who touched the ball in but was then flagged for being offside. Another excellent decision...


57 mins The pressure is building on Nigeria as South Korea come forward. They look capable of scoring but also vulnerable on the break. An intriguing contest.

And here come two replacements for South Korea - Yeo Min-ji and Moon Mi-ra onto the pitch


50 mins A looping header from Desire Oparanozie just goes over the bar at the other end. For a moment some in the stadium thought it was in. But not quite...

48 mins Ji So-yun stepping up the pressure here with some driving runs from midfield. But she goes down in the box looking for a penalty and is rightly shown a yellow card by the referee. Good decision. That was a bit embarrassing from the Chelsea star

46 mins We’re back underway in Grenoble, a massive half coming up for both sides...


Half-time: Nigeria 1 South Korea 0

An own-goal from Kim Do-yeon separates these two at the break - a disappointing moment for the South Koreans after they bossed the opening exchanges. They have it all to do in the second half if they are to remain in the competition...

45+2 South Korea have a sniff of an equaliser but it comes to nothing again

44 mins Asisat Oshoala has a first sniff of goal but can’t quite get on the end of the cross. South Korea living on the edge here slightly.

42 mins A better corner but it’s cleared by South Korea. It looks pretty hot there in the foothills of the Alps, I wonder how long they can keep this pace up later on?

40 mins Nigeria almost paid for their slackness as South Korea tried to force the ball in via Kang Yu-mi but Nigeria go up the other end and win another corner...


39 mins A poor corner sails out of play as the opportunity goes begging

38 mins South Korea are trying to respond to that shock but Nigeria have grown in confidence since the goal and have a corner...

34 mins It took an age for them to decide whether that goal should stand because it looked like Desire Oparanozie stuck out a hand after a long ball forward from the back was accidently turned into her own net by Kim Do-yeon. The VAR eventually decided that she didn’t touch it so the goal stands...

LED screen shows that a VAR referral is taking place Photograph: Naomi Baker - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images


GOAL! Nigeria take the lead with a comical own goal...

29 mins That is disastrous for South Korea

Kim Doyeon plays back to the keeper
Kim Doyeon plays the ball back to the keeper Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters
who has been wrong footed
who has been wrong footed Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters


25 mins Some risky defending from Nigeria almost ends in a chance at the other end but the Russian referee calls a foul. They definitely look a threat on the break

23 mins More pressure from South Korea sees Lee Min-a’s shot just go wide from long range. They are certainly knocking on the door


19 mins Lee Geum-min finally tests 18-year-old goalkeeper Nnadozie for the first time after an excellent move but the shot is straight at her and she makes an easy save.

15 mins The red shirts continuing to dominate possession here but Nigeria look organised at the back just now. Sticksports Fan reckons they are up against it though today - they have this down as a South Korea win...

Francisca Ordega in action with Ji Soyun.
Francisca Ordega in action with Ji Soyun. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters


9 mins Good save from Kim Min-jeong to deny Desire Oparanozie. The cross came in from the left but the keeper was equal to the task.

7 min Half a chance for South Korea as Jang Sel-gi shoots wide follwoing a nice passing move. They then win a corner but that also comes to nothing. Impressive so far from the Asian side, who are pinning their opponents back.

Jang Sel-gi gets a shot off.
Jang Sel-gi gets a shot off. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images


3 min A mistake from teenage keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie almost sets up South Korea for the opening goal but her blushes are saved...

Peep! And we’re off. South Korea imemdiatley pump the ball down to 18-year-old replacement right back Chidinma Okeke but she heads away. She is in for the injured Faith Michael.

Nigeria definitely winning on the kit front I think. They’re in a snazzy green number while South Korea don their traditional red shirts and black shorts. The niceties are out of the way, let’s play!



And here come the teams... “This game is all about avoiding an early exit from the 2019 World Cup,” says the commentator. Too right. Should be very interesting...


And a shout out to StickSports Fan, who correctly predicted that Sweden would win 2-0 against Chile yesterday. Well done you.

What you saying for today I wonder? I’m going for 1-1.

While we’re waiting... there’s been much debate about last night’s whopping 13-0 win for USA over Thailand, with many saying they should perhaps not have celebrated so wildly when so far in front.

Here’s three former Canada players ripping into their neighbours. Pretty brutal stuff...

Looking forward to seeing Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala on the right of their 4-3-3. She’s just joined Barcelona on a permanent deal after scoring in the Champions League final defeat while on loan.

Meanwhile, Chelsea playmaker Ji So-yun will be the key to their chances of picking up a win in Grenoble this afternoon. She found it tough against France but should be able to find some space today to work her magic.

Team news

The starting XIs are in...


Welcome. It’s a massive day if you are fans of Nigeria or South Korea, with both sides desperate for a result after losing their opening game at this year’s World Cup. The Super Falcons have gone more than four hours without scoring in a finals while South Korea were poor in the match against hosts France and have never kept a clean sheet in a World Cup match! Let’s hope for something better today from them...

Kick-off: 2pm BST, 3pm CET.