Women's World Cup - Round of 16

Women's World Cup 2019: Nigeria coach says there is no solution to VAR yet

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Goals from Popp, Dabritz and Schuller give Germany a comfortable 3-0 win over Nigeria

Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby believes there is still work to do on VAR after his side lost 3-0 to Germany in the last 16 of the Women's World Cup.

The use of the technology has aroused debate at this tournament, and referee Yoshimi Yamashita referred to the video replays for Germany's opener and then their penalty.

"There have been some strange situations of course," said the Super Falcons coach. "There was one time in the first half when no-one knows what they were watching for, players looking at each other, coaches looking at each other.

"Goal-line technology is good for the game but I don't think anyone has the final solution for VAR yet - but it did not affect our team."

Alexandra Popp's header gave Germany the lead in the 20th minute, and the goal was only allowed to stand after Yamashita decided Svenja Huth was not interfering in play while in an offside position.

Then, following another VAR check, the Japanese official awarded a penalty, having ruled that Evelyn Nwabuoku had fouled Lina Magull.

Sara Dabritz converted from the spot before Lea Schuller fired in a late third for the two-time champions.

Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said: "Maybe we can speed up the whole process when VAR is used but if the time is needed we have to accept it.

"It was positive for us twice so maybe I'll approach it in a positive way. But there were quite a lot of interruptions."

Either Sweden or Canada stand between the two-time winners and a place in the semi-finals.

Referee in the spotlight

During this tournament, criticism has been directed at the new directive saying punishments should be issued for goalkeepers who come off their line for penalties, which had an impact on both Scotland and Nigeria's results in France.

However, during Saturday's first quarter-final in Grenoble, it was the Japanese official's interpretations that raised debate.

Popp's opener from Magull's corner appeared good until VAR alerted Yamashita to a possible issue over Huth's offside position in front of keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie. After a check, the referee allowed the goal to stand.

Moments after the restart, Magull hit the deck when Nwabuoku unintentionally caught her in an attempt to clear the ball. Yamashita signalled a throw-in but once more received a message from the VAR team.

It was three minutes before Yamashita changed her decision to a spot-kick, which Dabritz put away to give the Germans a 2-0 lead.

The second half was less eventful. Had Desire Oparanozie timed her stretch to turn in substitute Rasheedat Ajibade's low cross then it would have set up a far more tense finish.

Instead, SGS Essen forward Schuller put the game beyond the reach of the Super Falcons with an angled strike that nestled in Nnadozie's right-hand corner.

'I am questioning the ability of the officials'

Former England defender Casey Stoney speaking on BBC Two about the opening goal: "I genuinely cannot understand what is going on in this tournament. When Popp makes contact, Huth is in line with the keeper's vision - that has to be offside. How can we not deem that offside?

On the penalty from which Germany scored:"The referee had to see this. If you are in a good position, you see that it is a penalty. You should not need to go to VAR for that to be given and waste even more time. So I am questioning the ability of the officials at this tournament."

Former England defender Laura Bassett on BBC Two: "The referees are using VAR as a comfort blanket - 'Please back me up, I don't want to get this wrong'. But that's not good enough. That's not what it is there for."

Popp makes it to 100 - stats

  • Germany have now reached the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup every time since the competition began in 1991.
  • This was the first ever knockout stage meeting between an African side and a European side; indeed, Germany have now won each of their five matches in the competition against African opposition with an aggregate score of 22-0.
  • Only Australia vs Italy (39) has seen more fouls conceded in a 2019 Women's World Cup match than Germany's victory over Nigeria (31).
  • Nigeria defender Onome Ebi played in her 14th Women's World Cup match, the most appearances in the competition by a Super Falcons player.
  • In what was her 14th World Cup match for Germany, striker Popp made her 100th appearance for her country.

BBC Sport has launched #ChangeTheGame this summer to showcase female athletes in a way they never have been before. Through more live women's sport available to watch across the BBC this summer, complemented by our journalism, we are aiming to turn up the volume on women's sport and alter perceptions. Find out more here.



  • 1Schult
  • 15Gwinn
  • 23Doorsoun
  • 5Hegering
  • 17SchweersSubstituted forSimonat 45'minutes
  • 9HuthBooked at 57mins
  • 18LeupolzSubstituted forBühlat 45'minutes
  • 20MagullSubstituted forOberdorfat 69'minutes
  • 13Däbritz
  • 11PoppBooked at 32mins
  • 7Schüller


  • 2Simon
  • 3Hendrich
  • 4Maier
  • 6Oberdorf
  • 8Goeßling
  • 10Marozsán
  • 12Benkarth
  • 14Elsig
  • 16Dallmann
  • 19Bühl
  • 21Frohms
  • 22Knaak


  • 16Nnadozie
  • 20Okeke
  • 5Ebi
  • 3Ohale
  • 6NwabuokuBooked at 26minsSubstituted forAjibadeat 45'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 17Ordega
  • 18Ayinde
  • 13Okobi
  • 19IhezuoSubstituted forUchenduat 75'minutes
  • 9OparanozieBooked at 61mins
  • 12KanuSubstituted forOgebeat 84'minutes


  • 1Oluehi
  • 2Okoronkwo
  • 7Imo
  • 8Oshoala
  • 11Uchendu
  • 15Ajibade
  • 21Jonathan
  • 22Ogebe
  • 23Chukwudi
Yoshimi Yamashita

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamNigeria
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Match ends, Germany 3, Nigeria 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Germany 3, Nigeria 0.

Attempt blocked. Alice Ogebe (Nigeria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Desire Oparanozie (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Lena Oberdorf (Germany).

Francisca Ordega (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Marina Hegering (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rasheedat Ajibade (Nigeria).

Lea Schüller (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Onome Ebi (Nigeria).

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Chinaza Uchendu.


Substitution, Nigeria. Alice Ogebe replaces Uchenna Kanu.

Alexandra Popp (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Halimatu Ayinde (Nigeria).


Goal! Germany 3, Nigeria 0. Lea Schüller (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.


Rasheedat Ajibade (Nigeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match because of an injury Marina Hegering (Germany).

Delay in match because of an injury Rasheedat Ajibade (Nigeria).

Marina Hegering (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rasheedat Ajibade (Nigeria).

Attempt missed. Sara Däbritz (Germany) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lena Oberdorf.

Attempt saved. Chinaza Uchendu (Nigeria) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ngozi Okobi.

Foul by Sara Däbritz (Germany).

Ngozi Okobi (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


Substitution, Nigeria. Chinaza Uchendu replaces Chinwendu Ihezuo because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Chinwendu Ihezuo (Nigeria).

Attempt missed. Alexandra Popp (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Carolin Simon (Germany).

Rasheedat Ajibade (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Desire Oparanozie (Nigeria).

Attempt missed. Alexandra Popp (Germany) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carolin Simon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Germany. Conceded by Osinachi Ohale.


Substitution, Germany. Lena Oberdorf replaces Lina Magull.

Offside, Germany. Sara Däbritz tries a through ball, but Giulia Gwinn is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Marina Hegering (Germany).

Foul by Klara Bühl (Germany).

Chinwendu Ihezuo (Nigeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


As It Stood


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