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Nigeria keep World Cup hopes alive with South Korea win
Nkosline|Jun. 12, 2019
Nigeria kept alive hopes of progress in the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 win over South Korea in Grenoble. Both sides had lost their opening match in Group A, which also includes hosts France.
Nigeria - beaten 3-0 by Norway last time out - took the lead after 29 minutes when Korea defender Kim Do-yeon knocked the ball back past her goalkeeper under pressure from Desire Oparanozie.
There was, though, a lengthy review by the Video Assistant Referee to check on what looked a close handball call against the Nigeria captain as the ball flew past her on the way towards the empty net.
South Korea, who lost the opening match of the tournament 4-0 against France in Paris, rarely looked like finding a way back.
And with 15 minutes left, a fine individual effort from Barcelona's Asisat Oshoala settled matters after she raced onto a pass down the right and into the penalty area ahead of her marker.
Oshoala, the former Liverpool and Arsenal forward, took the ball around the goalkeeper before clipping an angled effort back over the line.
South Korea are bottom of the table and play Norway in Reims on June 17, with their hopes of making it through to the last 16 already looking slim.
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