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Norway’s Lisa-Marie Utland, left, kicks the ball past Nigeria’s Onome Ebi to score her team’s second goal during the Women’s World Cup Group A soccer match between Norway and Nigeria at stadium Auguste Delaune in Reims, France, Saturday, June 8, 2019. (Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press)

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Guro Reiten and Lisa Marie Utland scored to help Norway open the Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday night.

No nation has ever scored three goals in the first half of a Women’s World Cup game as much as Norway.

The 1995 winners played without Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner who stepped down from the national team because of what she says are differences in the way the federation treats the men’s and women’s teams.

Video Highlight - Norway opens World Cup with 3-0 win over Nigeria

Reiten’s deflected shot in the 17th minute gave Norway the lead, and Utland scored in the 34th minute.

Six minutes later, Osinachi Ohale poked the ball into her own net from a cross to give Norway a 3-0 lead before the break.

Nigeria was hurt when defender Faith Michael was stretchered off after a collision with her goalkeeper early in the second half.

Nigeria went close to pulling one back immediately, but Norway scrambled the ball away.

The game petered out late on, with Norway only having one shot on target in the second half.

The teams are in Group A at the World Cup.

Hosts France posted a 4-0 victory over South Korea in the tournament opener Friday night in Paris.

 

(AP, Euronews)

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