Final tournament - Group stage (Group A) - 26/06/2011 - 15:00CET (15:00 local time) - Rhein-Neckar-Arena - Hoffenheim
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Delie serves up winning entrée for France

Published: Sunday 26 June 2011, 17.45CET
Marie-Laure Delie's smart second-half finish earned France a narrow victory over Nigeria in their 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup opener, though the African champions pushed them all the way.
Delie serves up winning entrée for France
Marie-Laure Delie (bending over) celebrates after putting France 1-0 up against Nigeria in their FIFA Women's World Cup opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NigeriaFrance

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
7
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners7
 
9
Fouls committed10
 
11
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A

PPts
1Germany Germany13
2France France13
3Canada Canada10
4Nigeria Nigeria10
Last updated: 08/10/2011 12:51 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

Published: Sunday 26 June 2011, 17.45CET

Delie serves up winning entrée for France

Marie-Laure Delie's smart second-half finish earned France a narrow victory over Nigeria in their 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup opener, though the African champions pushed them all the way.

Marie-Laure Delie's smart second-half finish earned France a 1-0 victory against Nigeria in their FIFA Women's World Cup opener, although Bruno Bini's side were pushed all the way by the African champions.

The Bleuettes were irresistible for much of the first period in Sinsheim, but did not get their reward until eleven minutes after the restart. Delie claimed the honour of the first goal of the tournament, converting from close range following Eugenie Le Sommer's right-sided cross. Nigeria did not lie down, and France were forced to work right to preserve their lead amid searing heat; the final whistle was a relief in every respect.

It had threatened to be a more one-sided affair in the early stages as Louisa Necib caused havoc on the left. Combative midfielder Elise Bussaglia brought the best out of goalkeeper Precious Dede from distance but gradually Nigeria, without a win in seven matches in these finals, gained a foothold. Three corners in quick succession signalled their intent and Desiree Oparanozie almost realised it. Bérangère Sapowicz came to France's rescue.

Necib had another long-distance effort at the other end before Delie calmed nerves before the hour. The advantage secured, Nigeria never really looked like prising it from their grasp but France were never allowed to rest. They continue their Group A campaign against Canada on Thursday; Nigeria meet Germany.

Last updated: 27/06/11 17.59CET

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