Women's World Cup: VAR talk dominates as Germany reaches quarterfinal

Alexandra Popp marked her 100th appearance with a goal as Germany eased to a 3-0 win over Nigeria in its Women's World Cup last-16 tie.

Germany will now face the winner of Sweden vs Canada in the last-eight.   -  Getty Images

Germany beat Nigeria 3-0 in another Women's World Cup match dominated by VAR controversy to become the first side through to the quarterfinal.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's charges are one of five teams boasting a perfect record from the group stage and it continued its momentum with a straightforward victory in Grenoble on Saturday.

The two-time champion benefited from a couple of VAR calls for their first-half goals as Alexandra Popp's headed opener stood, despite an offside infringement, and the technology was used to award a penalty just a minute later.

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Sara Dabritz converted the spot-kick and Lea Schuller rounded off the scoring late on to set up a last-eight tie with either Sweden or Canada, who meet on Monday.

Nigeria made it through as one of the best third-place sides and, thanks to a good save from Chiamaka Nnadozie to deny Lina Magull, it kept Germany at bay for the first 20 minutes.

But Popp profited from some poor defending to mark her 100th appearance for her national side with a flicked header inside the six-yard box, which was allowed to stand despite Svenja Huth being stood in an offside position in front of Nnadozie.

Shortly after played had resumed, referee Yoshimi Yamashita pointed to the spot after Evelyn Nwabuoku swiped at the ball and caught Magull on the shin.

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Dabritz sent the ball into the bottom-right corner to give Germany, fourth-place finishers in 2015, some breathing space.

Nigeria had a penalty shout for handball rejected and captain Desire Oparanozie nearly turned the ball in at the back post, but the African side could not find a way through as their opponents made it five clean sheets in a row.

And Schuller added some gloss to the scoreline eight minutes from time with a clinical finish past Nnadozie following a weak back-pass from Halimatu Ayinde.

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