The last time when Norway defeated Nigeria in a Women’s World Cup match, they proceeded to win the competition. The Norwegians’ defeat of the African champions on Saturday may not have looked as grand and fancy as the 1995 result of 8-0 and yet after over 10 years, Norway sent a ground-breaking proclamation in Reims: Even with a Ada Hegerberg less team, they can play and more importantly win a game of football.
Norway women defeated the Nigeria women by 3-0 as Guro Reiten and Lisa-Martie Utland scored in the 17th and 34th minute of the match respectively on Saturday. Norway’s lead was tripled when Nigeria’s Osinachi Ohale netted an own goal to add to the team’s misery.
With three goals down well within the first half of the match, it was understandable that Norway toned down the intensity of the game.
In the absence of star striker Hegerberg, Guro Reiten stole the show. Her style of play was aggressive and that helped the team take a lead in only the 17th minute of the match.
Meanwhile, Norway’s Guro Reiten (39 years) became the fourth oldest player to feature in FIFA Women’s World Cup while Nigerian stalwart Onome Ebi joined only a few players to feature in five editions of the coveted trophy.