WWC roundup: Germany tops Spain to stay atop Group B
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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