WWC roundup: Germany tops Spain to stay atop Group B

Soccer Football – Women’s World Cup – Group B – Germany v Spain – Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France – June 12, 2019 Germany’s Sara Daebritz scores their first goal REUTERS/Yves Herman

Sara Daebritz scored in the 42nd minute and Germany defeated Spain 1-0 on Wednesday in the Women’s World Cup at Valenciennes, France, to remain undefeated after two games in Group B.

The victory all but assures that Germany (2-0) will advance to the next round. The two-time winners of the Women’s World Cup have one more Group B game, which will be played Sunday against South Africa.

Spain (1-1) defeated South Africa 3-1 in its tournament opener Saturday and will have a key match against China on Sunday as it looks to advance to the next round.

Nigeria 2, South Korea 0

Nigeria put itself into position to advance to the knockout stage with a victory at Grenoble, France, that likely eliminated South Korea’s chances to advance beyond Group A play.

Nigeria took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute on an own goal when South Korea’s Kim Do-yeon attempted to clear a long ball and put it into the back of her own net instead. South Korea appeared to tie the game 1-1 in the 58th minute, but an offside call nullified the goal. Nigeria added an insurance goal in the 75th minute on a score from Asisat Oshoala, who went on a counterattack from midfield before working her way to a sharp angle where she was able to score.

Nigeria (1-1) now has three points in the group and must face Norway in its final group stage match. Tournament host France also is in the group and defeated Nigeria 4-0 in the opener. South Korea is 0-2 in group play.

—Field Level Media

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