By Kunle Adedoyin
The Super Falcons of Nigeria started their 2019 Women World Cup campaign in France on a sour note as the team lost to former champions, Norway 0-3 in Rems.
The Norwegians won the match without the presence of Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg.
Guro Reiten’s deflected shot gave the 1995 winners the lead on 17 minutes before a powerful strike from Lisa-Marie Utland doubled their advantage.
Osinachi Ohale turned a cross into her own net before half-time as Norway cruised to an opening win in Group A, leaving them level on three points with hosts France.
Lyon striker Hegerberg, who scored a hat-trick in Lyon’s Champions League final win over Barcelona last month, refused to come to the tournament due to a dispute with her national federation, which she accuses of failing to respect women players.