Germany reached the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals by beating Nigeria, 1-0, yesterday in Frankfurt as Simone Laudehr scored on a thunderous volley during a 54th-minute goalmouth scramble in a surprisingly tight game.
Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer celebrated her 100th international appearance with a shutout. The host nation, which has won both its games, looked hardly convincing in the three-week tournament it is favored to win.
After France routed Canada, 4-0, to also advance, Germany must beat its neighbor Tuesday if the two-time defending champions are to win Group A.
Nigeria was eliminated along with Canada. The United States (1-0) plays Colombia in Group C tomorrow in Sinsheim, Germany.
With Nigeria needing a victory to stay in contention, Germany understood the task. But despite the support of a 48,817 people in the sold-out crowd, it managed little beyond territorial domination.
In a sometimes rough game, Nigeria went head to head with Germany as much as possible against the two-time defending champion.
Midfielder Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi swung in a low free kick from the left. A first stab for a goal was smothered and a shot from Alexandra Popp was blocked. But then Laudehr blasted the ball home.
France 4, Canada 0 - Gaetane Thiney scored twice in Bochum, Germany, setting up Canada’s early exit.
Thiney scored in the 24th and 59th minutes, and Camille Abily’s header from a corner kick put the outcome beyond doubt in the 66th before 16,591 fans.
Canada managed only two shots in the first half, compared with 11 for France.