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Highlights: Germany 3-0 Nigeria - Falcons Crash Out Of FIFA Women’s World Cup

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Nigeria's women's national football team, the Super Falcons have been knocked out of the ongoing FIFA World Cup following a 3-0 defeat against Germany.

First-half strikes by Alexandra Popp, Sara Dabritz and a second-half effort by Lea Schuller at the Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France gave the two-time World champions the win over Nigeria.

The African champions had reached the last 16 as one of four best losers and were hoping to cause an upset, but their mistakes at the back were duly punished by the Europeans.

Poop who was making her 100th appearance for the Die Nationalelf opened the scoring on 20 minutes when she headed in from Lina Magull's corner.

The lead was doubled seven minutes later when Dabritz converted from 12 yards after VAR spotted a foul by Evelyn Nwabuoku on Lina Magull in the box.

The Nigerian ladies grew into the game after conceding the second goal as they managed to keep the scoreline respectable at half-time.

Like they did in the opening half, the West Africans started the second as the brighter of the two sides, stringing a few passes between themselves as they probed the German defense.

Highlights: Germany 3-0 Nigeria - Falcons Crash Out Of FIFA Women’s World Cup

The introduction of Rasheedat Ajibade for Evelyn changed the game as the forward kept running at the German defense and creating a few chances for her team, including one that Oparanozie was inches away from tapping in at the far post.

The 2003 and 2007 champions, however, wrapped up the win eight minutes from time. Lea Schuller converted with a low drive after a loss of concentration saw Nigeria's defense gift her the ball.

Germany have now booked their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament an eighth consecutive time while the Falcons bow out failing to win a knockout game in all eight campaigns.