The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup’s knockout stage kicks off on Saturday with the round of 16 as one of the top favourites Germany take on Super Falcons Nigeria at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, France for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Two-time World Cup champions made it through to the last 16 with an immaculate record as they defeated Spain, China and South Africa without conceding a goal to top Group B, while African Champions qualified for the round of 16 as the fourth best third-set team in the group stage as they completed third in Group A with a pivotal triumph against South Korea in their second match, sandwiching routs against Norway and France.
Women’s World Cup round of 16: Germany vs Nigeria
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
Location: Stade des Alpes – Grenoble, France
TV channel: FS1 and Telemundo
Germany – 2 (- 115) | Nigeria +1.5 (- 105) | O/U: 3
Germany’s star midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan’s absence with a wrecked toe has seen the team change adequately to a 4-4-2 formation to great impact in their last two matches and it is more than likely that they will stay with that plan against Nigeria.
Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerbyb will be forced into making one improvement to the team with defender Ngozi Ebere suspended because of her dismissal against France for a moment yellow card in the foul that prompted the match-winning penalty, while Rita Chikwelu will likewise sit out after amassed appointments in the group stage.
Head to Head
Germany have won every one of their past five games against Nigeria however the last time the two sides met was in 2011, the European won by an goal to nil.
Two-time World Champions won all their three group stage matches in the eighth edition of Women’s World Cup in France, while Super Falcons won one lost two from a similar number games and failed to score in two of their group matches and have not scored in 11 of their last 15 World Cup matches
Germany possible beginning lineup: Almuth Schult, Verena Schweers, Marina Hegering, Sara Doorsoun, Giulia Gwinn, Sara Daebritz, Lina Magull, Melanie Leupolz, Svenja Huth, Klara Buehl, Alexandra Popp
Nigeria possible starting lineup: Chiamaka Nnadozie, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Ohale Osinachi, Onome Ebi, Chidinma Okeke, Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Chinaza Uchendu
Francisca Ordega, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie
Germany is unreasonably strong for Nigeria, getting two goals before the break and cementing this before half time with another.
Germany 3, Nigeria 0