France in a controversial 1-0 win over 10-woman Nigeria on Monday have secured the top spot in Group A at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Les Bleus had opened up their home tournament with victories against South Korea and Norway, and Wendie Renard’s 79th-minute penalty at Rennes’ Roazhon Park made it three from three going into the knockout rounds.
However, the spot-kick was controversial. It was awarded via VAR after Ngozi Ebere was adjudged to have fouled Viviane Asseyi in the box, which led to her being sent off for a second yellow card.
Renard then blasted into the corner for France’s goal, but only after she was allowed to re-take the penalty due to goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie coming off her line. She had hit the post with her first effort.
Host, France will face one of the best third-placed teams in the last 16, while Nigeria have to wait to see if they have secured one of the best third-place spots in the first knockout round.
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