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Women’s World Cup: Super Falcons battle for survival against France

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons will take on host nation France today (Monday) in a crucial FIFA Women’s World Cup group game in Rennes.

The Thomas Dennerby ladies kicked off their campaign with a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Norway, but bounced back with a 2-0 victory over South Korea in their second game.

The game with France is their final group A match and the Falcons will be hoping to avoid defeat in order to seal their qualification for the round of 16.

France, one of the favourites to win the title, have been in superb form in the competition, thrashing Korea Republic 4-0 in the first game before securing a narrow 2-1 win against Norway in their second outing.

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The Les Bleues trashed Nigeria 8-0 in their last meeting, a friendly game in 2018.

But speaking ahead of the game, Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie expressed confident that her team can get a positive result in Rennes.

“I know they will feel relaxed, thinking that they will maybe score more than eight goals,” Nnadozie told FIFA.com.

“It’s going to be a tough game. They are one of the best teams in the competition, but we are letting them know that it’s not going to be like that again.

“That was last year (the defeat). I know we are not going to lose. We are going to make our country proud.”

France occupy top spot in the group with six points. Norway and Nigeria have three points each but the former have a better goal difference.

The game on Monday will hold at the Roazhon Park, Rennes. Kick-off is 8pm Nigeria time.

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