Women's World Cup 2019: As it happened - Nigeria beats South Korea 2-0, seals first win

An own goal from Kim Doyeon and a 75th-minute strike from Asisat Oshoala handed Nigeria the win, its first of this edition's World Cup. Here's how the action unfolded.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.

We're almost a week into the tournament and every team has played a match each. Action today begins at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, France where Nigeria takes on South Korea in a group A match.

I am Manasi Pathak and I will be giving you company through the first match of the evening.

For the match center and statistics, click here.


That's all from my side - this is Manasi Pathak signing off. Thanks for tuning in and see you soon!

The action now shifts to Stade du Hainaut where it is Germany vs France. Sportstar will bring you live updates from that fixture too, so stay tuned for more stuff from the Women's World Cup.

With the result, Nigeria sits third on the table in Group A. It faces France next in its final group stage match on June 18. As for South Korea, it sits at the bottom of the group, and now has a goal difference of -6.

FULL TIME: NIGERIA 2-0 SOUTH KOREA. An own goal from Kim Doyeon and a 75th-minute strike from Asisat Oshoala hands Nigeria the win, its first of this edition's World Cup.

90+3' Korea has a free-kick in the middle of the field which Ji crosses into the box. Yeo is the closest to getting on the end of it, but she just can't direct her header on target and Ebi is able to get it clear.

90' We will have four minutes of additional time.

87' ANOTHER GOOD SAVE BY NNADOZIE! Moon bringsdown the ball brilliantly in the middle of the box and turns away from Ebi to make some space for herself. She takes a touch before curling her shot towards the far corner, but the keeper gets down really well to save the effort on the stretch.

84' GOOD SAVE BY NNADOZIE! Moon is left unmarked at the near post and she rises to get on the end of Ji's cross. She directs her header on target, but the goalkeeper is in the right place to push the ball out of play.

STAT: Asisat Oshoala (2015 & 2019) has become just the second Nigerian to score in two different Women's World Cup tournaments after Rita Nwadike (1995 & 1999).

78' GREAT CHANCE FOR OSHOALA! Nigeria sets off on the counter-attack again and it's Okobi that sets up Oshoala this time. She brings it down really well but a heavy touch in the box takes the ball away from her which gives Kim Minjung the chance to come off her line and collect it.

75' GOAL! NIGERIA 2-0 SOUTH KOREA. Okeke runs through the midfield before setting up Oshoala up front as she points to Okeke where she wants the ball. Oshoala gets past Hwang on the edge of the box before she touches the ball past the keeper and scores from the goal line in what is a very tight angle at the near post.

STAT: South Korea's Ji So-Yun's booking for diving is the first yellow card received for simulation in a Women's World Cup match since Erika for Brazil (v USA) back in July 2011.

65' We have crossed the hour mark and at the moment, Nigeria is doing well to defend its one-goal lead.

59' GOAL DISALLOWED. OFFSIDE. G M Lee connects with a cross from the left wing from Cho, and slots it home but the strike stands cancelled as the flag goes up. The goalscorer was in an offside position when the cross was played for her.

50' CLOSE! Oparanozie connects with the ball and heads it towards the target. Her header has the power but misses the target by a few inches as it flies over the bar!

46' Second half kicks off. We are back with the action.

HALF TIME: NIGERIA 1-0 SOUTH KOREA. Nigeria has the advantage at the break, thanks to an own goal from Kim Doyeon.

STAT: Nigeria has both scored and conceded an own goal at this year’s World Cup – the first nation to do so since USA in the 1999 edition.

41' South Korea is once again trying to use its possession to build from the back, and is showing much more confidence while getting into much more dangerous positions that earlier in the game. However, it hasn't been able to test Nnadozie in Nigeria's goal yet.

38' This is just the second time in Nigeria's last 15 Women's World Cup matches that it has scored the opening goal of the game.

29' GOAL! NIGERIA 1-0 SOUTH KOREA. It is an own goal from South Korean defender Kim Doyeon. She tries to clear Okobi's long ball over the top but hadn't realised that Kim Minjung had come off her line to collect it herself. It bounced past Oparanozie and the goalkeeper and bounced into the back of the empty net! VAR looks at the goal as it looked like Oparanozie reached out a hand to touch it, but the goal stands as it didn't seem intentional.

26' Nigeria wins the ball deep into its midfield and Ordega, on the right wing, connects with a lobbed ball. She dribbles her way into the South Korea box, but fails to keep the ball in after her marker runs her down.

23' LEE MINA COMES CLOSE! Nigeria fails to clear its lines and the ball falls to Lee Mina on the edge of the box. She drives her shot low towards the far corner, but it glances off the post on its way wide of the target.

22' Uchendu is optimistic with her attempt as she shoots from a distance, after being fed the ball from the right wing. Her shot is awfully wide.

18' First real chance for South Korea as it has its first attempt on target. From the edge of the box, S Y Ji sets up G M Lee inside the box, who takes a shot straight at the goalkeeper.

15' Korea is slowly trying to build up an attack from the back now, but it is struggling to find a way through Nigeria's compact midfield at the minute.

10' CHANCE....and SAVED! Oparanozie connects with a cross from the left wing from Ordega, and heads it towards the goal. The South Korea custodian Kim Minjung comes off the line to thwart the danger.

6' G M Lee tries to invade from the right wing, attempting to make her way into the Nigeria box.

2' Oparanozie does really well to win the ball back for Nigeria and set off on the counter-attack. Oshoala is pointing where she wants the pass playing, but it is played the wrong side of her and Kim Minjung comes off her line to collect it.

1' KICKOFF. We are underway!


Nigeria has never won its second group stage game at a Women's World Cup finals tournament (D1 L6), failing to score on five occasions. 

The teams have lined up for the national anthem. Kickoff soon.

Yoon Dukyeo makes just two changes to the team that faced France by bringing in Kang Chaerim and Lee Mina. They start in place of Lee Youngju and Kang Yumi, who both get a start on the bench.

Thomas Dennerby makes three changes to the side that lost to Norway. Nnadozie replaces Oluehi in goal, with Uchendu and Okeke also coming into the starting line-up. Ayinde drops down to the bench while Faith Michael, who went off on a stretcher in that match, has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a knee injury.

Both teams head into the match on the back of a loss. Nigeria lost 2-1 to Canada, while South Korea lost to host France 4-0 in the campaign opener.


Nigeria (4-3-3): Chiamaka Nnadozie; Chidinma Okeke, Osinachi Ohale, Onone Ebi, Ngozi Ebere; Chinaza Uchendu, Ngozi Okobi, Rita Chikwelu; Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega.

South Korea (4-4-1-1): Kim Minjung; Kim Hyeri, Hwang Boram, Kim Doyeon, Jang Selgi; Kang Chaerim, Lee Mina, Cho Sohyun, Lee Geummin; Ji Soyun; Jung Seolbin.


Referee: Anastasia Pustovoytova (Russia)

READ | 26 female referees in FIFA Women's World Cup 2019