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Falcons Manhandled By Ruthless Norway In World Cup Opener

By Emeka Nnaike

Nigeria’s Super Falcons kicked off their World Cup campaign on Saturday with a sound thrashing by a ruthlessly efficient Norway side, losing 3-0 at Reims.

Norway, world champions in 1995, took the lead when Guro Reiten’s shot deflected off Onome Ebi into the net.

Lisa-Marie Utland fired through the hands of keeper Tochukwu Oluehi to make it 2-0, before an own goal by Osinachi Ohale compounded Nigeria’s misery.

The Falcons visibly improved in the second period, but created nothing of note to trouble Norway goalie Ingrid Hjelmseth.

This emphatic loss sets up a do-or-die affair when the Falcons face Korea on Tuesday, with both teams yet to get any points in group A.

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