VAR and retaken Renard’s penalty save France in laboured win over Nigeria


Renard’s retaken VAR penalty was all that isolated France and Nigeria at the Roazhon Park in Rennes on Monday evening as the Super Falcons endured their second misfortune in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Thomas Dennerby rolled out only one improvement to the group that toppled South Korea last break, with Halimatu Ayinde coming in for Chinaza Uchendu.

The African side began splendidly with Desire Oparanozie available to constrain a decent spare from Sarah Bouhaddi as ahead of schedule as the fourth moment.

The Super Falcons kept on containing the restriction up until the 78th moment when the VAR decreed safeguard Ngozi Ebere to have fouled Diani in the case for a penalty — with Renard just ready to change over on second endeavor after Nnadozie was punished to have fallen off the line just before the principal which brushed the post.

With Nigeria easy targets in safeguard because of Ebere’s red, France hung on for the triumph.

The Super Falcons will sit tight for the result of other match to affirm their place in the last 16.

Beginning XI: Nnadozie, Ebi, Okeke, Ohale, Ebere, Ayinde, Chikwelu, Okobi, Ordega, Oparanozie, Oshoala.

Emmanuel Chinaza


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