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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 : France Beat Nigeria 1-0 After Penalty Drama

Hosts France secured the top spot in Group a as they maintained their perfect record at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with a controversial 1-0 win over 10-Woman Nigeria.

Les Bleues had opened up their home Tournament with victories against South Korea and Norway, and Wendie Renard's 79th-minute penalty at Rennes' Roazhon Park made it three from three going into the knockout rounds.

However, the spot-kick was controversial. It was awarded via Var after Ngozi Ebere was adjudged to have fouled Viviane Asseyi in the box, which led to the Nigerian's sending off for a second yellow card.

Renard then blasted into the corner for France's Goal, but only after she was allowed to re-take the penalty due to goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie coming off her line. She had hit the post with her first effort.

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