NICE, France — Eugenie Le Sommer scored the winning goal from the penalty spot to lift host nation France to a 2-1 win over Norway at the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday.
Then she had a special embrace for one of her teammates.
France defender Wendie Renard almost cost France the game when she turned the ball into her own net to even the match at 1-1.
Le Sommer came to the rescue and moved France to 2-0 in this tournament when she scored the winner in the 72nd minute. A relieved Renard was one of the first players to celebrate with Le Sommer.
“I knew it was hard for her,” Le Sommer said. “I know Wendie well, and I know how much she can give us. She came up to me completely naturally and thanked me and I just said ‘No.’
“In the first match she scored two goals. What’s most important is the group. I’m happy also for her that her mistake was rectified.”
Germany 1, Spain 0: VALENCIENNES, France — Against a skillful Spain, two-time defending-champion Germany relied on Sara Dabritz’s goal in the 42nd minute for the win. It was second-ranked Germany’s second successive 1-0 victory in Group B. Germany earned three points for an opening round 1-0 win over China.
Nigeria 2, South Korea 0: GRENOBLE, France — Asisat Oshoala became the second Nigerian player to score in two different Women’s World Cup tournaments with a late goal in a victory over South Korea. Chidinma Okeke chipped the ball past the South Korean defense in the 75th minute and Oshoala chased it down, slipped past Hwang Bo-ram and drew the keeper off her line before sliding it into an open goal from a tight angle.