Routine opening victory as Norway see off NIgeria Women's World Cup 2019

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Despite the big win, Norway occupy second spot in the group after France's 4-0 win over Korea Republic on Friday evening.

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.

Nigeria was hurt when defender Faith Michael was stretchered off after a collision with her goalkeeper early in the second half.

The Swede who led the team to their ninth African title at Ghana last November said every game was now going to matter.

Norway started the match impressively from the blast of the whistle as they mesmerized the Super Falcons till the end of the match.

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Six minutes later, Osinachi Ohale poked the ball into her own net from a cross.

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

Yet with a team featuring Chelsea duo Maria Thorisdottir and Maren Mjelde, they sealed the points with three goals in the space of 20 minutes.

"A game can change in the last minute".

Super Falcons next match is against South Korea on Wednesday and will need to win it or face being knocked out in the group stage of the World Cup for the fifth consecutive time. The fearless twosome are great individually, but the fact that they play their club football together for Chelsea gave them an nearly telepathic understanding at the heart of the Norwegian rearguard. The second game will be better than the first, we've learned so much from this first game and we'll come back.

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