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Germany 3-0 Nigeria: Women's World Cup 2019, last 16 – if it happened | Football
Germany were deserved winners, dominating possession, scoring three, keeping yet another clean sheet. But Nigeria performed with great resolve and no little skill. That run from Rasheedat Ajibade early in the second half was as exhilarating as football gets. Had Desire Oparanozie got a toe on Ajibade's cross to half the deficit, this would have been a lot of tighter. Nigeria will also point to the questionable VAR call that allowed Germany's first goal to stand, with Svenja Huth standing in front of Chiamaka Nnadozie, offside, arguably interfering with play. But Germany had too much, just in second gear, when Alexandra Popp scored her 48th international goal while Lea Schuller bagged a clinical first at a World Cup. They had to quarters having four, four, nine, conceded none. Imagine what they might do if they start playing well!
90 min: Ordega sashays in from the left and is unceremoniously upended by a sliding Oberdorf. A free kick just to the left of the box, 25 yards out. Can Nigeria find a consolation and become the first team to score against Germany at this World Cup?
85 min: That was a stunning finish by Schuller. She hasn't done a great deal today, but when a chance is presented itself she really delivered. Birgit Prinz or Gerd Muller would have been proud of that.
It's all over. Ayinde dithers over the ball while facing her own goal under pressure. She attempts a backpass to the keeper, but can not buy enough on the panicked pass, and it sits up short for Schuller, who takes a stride down the inside-right channel before fizzing a clinical first-time shot into the bottom left
81 min: Hegering suffers another whack, this time from Ajibade's elbow, planted in the back of her head as the pair contest a high ball. It was more clumsy than malicious, but Ajibade is going into the book.
79 min: Some baroque dribbling by the fresh Oberdorf down the left. She cuts inside and rolls a gorgeous pass down the channel to release Dabritz into the box. Dabritz only has Nnadozie to beat, but she's coming in from a tight-ish angle, and drags her shot across the keeper and out of play to the right of goal. That could have put this game to bed. If it is, Nigeria is still in this. But they need something soon
77 min: A free kick for Nigeria just inside the German half. It's launched into the mixer. Okobi rises just inside the area, and gets a header on target, but she's too far out and there is not enough power in the effort. Appears gathers without drama
75 min: Ihezuo departs to warm applause from the 17,988 inside the Stade des Alpes. Nearly a full house. Fingers crossed that nothing more than cramp; she's put in quite a shift at both ends of the pitch this afternoon. She's replaced by Uchendu.
72 min: Gwinn has been a livewire presence for Germany. She is very close to the Nigeria box, but she's closed down at the last. Nigeria half clear. Then Simon fizzes down the left and cuts back for Popp, whose latest attempt at the spectacular nearly hits the left-hand corner flag from the best part of 35 yards.