Nigeria 0-3 Norway
Norway scored three first-half goals on the way to an easy win over Nigeria in their opening Group A game at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Reims.
The 1995 world champions took the lead when Guro Reiten’s shot deflected off Onome Ebi into the net.
Lisa-Marie Utland fired through the hands of keeper Tochukwu Oluehi to make it 2-0 before an own goal by Osinachi Ohale compounded Nigeria’s misery.
Norway are level on points with hosts France, who they face on Wednesday.
Ingrid Hjelmseth, Norway’s 39-year-old goalkeeper, had little to do as Nigeria struggled to carve out chances.
On a bad night for the African champions, defender Faith Michael was carried off on a stretcher after being caught by team-mate Oluehi.
*Spain 3-1 South Africa*
Jennifer Hermoso scored two penalties as Spain came from behind to beat World Cup debutants South Africa, who were reduced to 10 players.
Atletico Madrid’s Hermoso converted both spot-kicks in the second half, awarded after a handball and Nothando Vilakazi’s late challenge, for which she received a second yellow card.
Spain were the better side and Lucia Garcia added a cool third late on.
Thembi Kgatlana had given South Africa a shock lead with a chipped finish.
Kgatlana should have put South Africa 2-0 ahead but her tame effort at the far post was pushed away by Spain goalkeeper Sandra Panos.
The result means they are now without a victory in any of their last 12 games and are bottom of Group B.
Spain are top courtesy of better goal difference than two-time winners Germany, who edged past China 1-0 in their opening game.
*Germany 1-0 China*
Teenager Giulia Gwinn scored on her first competitive appearance for Germany as they made a winning start to their 2019 Women’s World Cup campaign against China.
Ranked second, Germany were frustrated for long parts of the game by the Steel Roses in the Group B match in Rennes.
Yang Li hit the post for China after Germany’s Carolin Simon struck the bar before the only goal of the game.
Midfielder Gwinn, 19, fired home from the edge of the penalty area.
However, Olympic champions Germany were far from their best in front of a crowd of 15,283 at Roazhon Park.
China’s Yang wasted two great chances before Freiburg’s Gwinn scored her second senior international goal.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatund