DFB-Elf defeats Nigeria and is in the quarter-final - sports
- In the round of 16 of the World Cup, the German team wins 3: 0 against Nigeria.
- Alexandra Popp and Sara Däbritz meet in the first half, Lea Schüller succeeds the third goal.
- The opponent in the quarterfinals will be called Sweden or Canada.
Led by Alexandra Popp, German football women have moved into the quarter-finals of the World Cup. In front of 17 988 spectators at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on Saturday there was a safe 3-0 (2-0) victory against Nigeria. Captain Alexandra Popp (20th minute) scored the lead in her 100th cap. Sara Däbritz (27.) contributed the second goal by penalty kick. Lea Schüller (82.) made with her goal for the decision. Also in the fourth World Cup match remained the DFB team without a clean sheet.
It was the eighth victory for the DFB women in the eighth game against Nigeria. They will now face the winner of the match between Sweden and Canada in the round of the last eight on Saturday in Rennes, which will be determined on Monday in Paris.
National coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg changed in comparison to 4-0 against South Africa only one position. For Klara Bühl came in attack Lea Schüller first time at the tournament in the starting eleven used. Playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsan was part of the squad after breaking her toe in the first game against China, but did not play. Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby has been without the suspended Ngozi Ebere and Rita Chikwelu. Asisat Oshoala from Barcelona was beaten only on the bench.
Twice the video assistant intervenes
Nevertheless, the reigning African champions began bravely and came in the 2nd minute for the first shot on goal. The ball from Francisca Ordega was not a problem for goalkeeper Almuth Schult. The German team had a great opportunity to take the lead in the 6th minute, when Lina Magull came from close range but was just blocked after a free-kick. Although the German selection had more possession, played against technically limited, but physically robust Nigerian women, but often too inaccurate and too complicated forward. That also affected the standards. When the Germans then opted for a direct variant, the lead promptly fell. A corner of Magull headed Popp toward her two tournament goal.
The following minutes were then the video assistant (VAR). First he had Popp's hit on a possible offside control. However, the Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita saw no irregularity. Then he switched on a foul on Magull in the penalty area and there was a penalty, the Däbritz sure transformed. It was her third goal in the third game in a row.
Nigeria then acted significantly more offensive and almost came to the goal shortly after the break. Substitute Rasheedat Ajibade came in from the penalty area and Desire Oparanozie narrowly missed the ball. The German team was limited in midsummer temperatures usually on the bare essentials, played their counter-options too bad - until Schüller in the final stages of the decision succeeded.