The Super Falcons of Nigeria will be looking to get back to reckoning when they lock horns with the Taegeuk Ladies of South Koreans in their FIFA Women’s World Cup group A match on Wednesday.
Nigeria lost the plot in their first match 3-0 to the Norwegians in what was a dismal first half performance, and a win against their Asian opponents, who are making a third appearance at the World stage, might offer them a glimmer of hope in order to seal a spot in the Round of 16.
To their credit, Nigeria did improve in the second half but failed to find the back of the net having conceded three goals in the first half which left them with far too much to do to claim a result.
Nigeria will take some positives from the Norway game with them managing ten shots on goal but only managed two on target and they also will be without defender Faith Michael after she was stretchered off in their opening match.
South Korea failed to spring a surprise over France as the hosts proved far too good in their opening match of Group A with the Koreans struggling after going behind in just the ninth minute.
Three more goals followed for the French in what was a heavy loss for South Korea and they will have to quickly regroup for their clash with Nigeria after they were completely outclassed by France.
Despite the loss, Ji So-yun was still a stand-out player for the South Koreans. At 28 years old, the Chelsea midfielder has 54 goals in 115 national team appearances and she’s South Korea’s all-time leading goal scorer.
Fact: As many as 10 of the 23 players in the South Korea squad are drawn from club side Hyundai Steel Red Angels, who have been South Korean champions six times since 2013.
• Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)
• Yoon Deok-yeo (South Korea)
Date, Time and Venue of the match:
- June 12th, 2019
- 2:00pm (Nigerian time)
- Stade des Alps, Grenoble