Germany beat Nigeria 3-0 at Grenoble, France on Saturday to advance to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.
Germany captain Alexandra Popp, playing in her 100th international match, scored in the 20th minute. Sara Dabritz made it 2-0 in the 27th with a penalty kick. The first half ended 2-0 before Lea Schüller got the final goal in the 82nd to knock out the Super Falcons.
Germany will now face the winner of Monday’s match between Sweden and Canada on June 29 at Rennes. The Germans, who won the tournament in 2003 and 2007, have never failed to reach the quarterfinals.
Nigeria on the other hand was in the knockout phase for the second time, the first since it lost in the quarterfinals to Brazil in 1999, and it joined Cameroon to become the first pair of African teams to reach the knockout stage in the same Women’s World Cup. The Indomitable Lionesses play England on Sunday.
The Super Falcons were missing defender Ngozi Ebere and midfielder Rita Chikwelu, who served suspensions for yellow card accumulation, and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala, who was injured.