Hegerberg-less Norway canter past Nigeria

A screenshot of an RFI video portrait of Nigerian striker Francisca Ordega in the French city of Reims on 5 June 2019.                  RFI  Rosie Collyer

"So, I hope we can score a lot of goals".

Guro Reiten's deflected shot gave the 1995 winners the lead on 17 minutes in Reims before a powerful strike from Lisa-Marie Utland doubled their advantage.

They face South Korea and hosts France in their remaining group phase matches.

An own goal from Osinachi Ohale gave Norway a 3-0 lead in the 37th minute as they cruised to a comfortable win in their opener.

The win sees them go second in Group A, behind France whilst Nigeria stands third by virtue of a better goals difference than South Korea.

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Thomas Dennerby's side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims on Saturday.

Martin Odegaard said the Norway women's team "deserves better" in scathing criticism aimed at Ballon d'Or-winning striker Ada Hegerberg following her decision not to play at the Women's World Cup. "We're going to go back and look at our mistakes and maybe work on them". Yet still Nigeria pressed and swarmed the home team but, despite a wealth of attacking prowess, couldn't find a way of punishing Norway.

Two goals in the space of 186 seconds effectively ended the game in the first half.

Nigeria's Onome Ebi appeared in her fifth World Cup tournament (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) - only Japan's Homare Sawa and Brazil's Formiga have ever appeared in more different tournaments (six each).

The Norwegians took a dig at the defending of the nine-time African champions before this Group A clash and it was what played out in the first half, when the Europeans netted all three of their goals.

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