Norway v Nigeria: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Norway: Hjelmseth; Wold, Thorisdottir, Mjelde, Boe Risa, Herlovsen, Graham Hansen, Utland, Engen, Reiten, Minde

Subs: TBC

No Hegerberg, no party? The first women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg has been absent for Norway since refusing to play for the national side two years ago, taking a stand against what she perceives as a lack of respect for female players in her country. That a negative Hegerberg interview, reportedly conducted as long ago as February, was released just before the tournament has hardly soothed the debate. Martin Sjögren’s side have other threats – namely Caroline Graham Hansen, of Barcelona, and Guro Reiten, another talented midfielder – and in Nigeria, who are ranked 38th in the world, they are hardly up against formidable opposition. It is impossible to mask the difficulty of the task in-hand for the African nation. It is a big ask for them to progress out of the group for the first time since 2003, with the stylish hosts France and South Korea still to play.

Kick-off: 8pm (BST)

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