Nigeria continued this Women’s World Cup trend it would like to end

Nigeria has qualified for all eight Women’s World Cups, but it hasn’t found much success in the tournament.

That trend continued to start the 2019 World Cup, as Nigeria lost to Norway 3-0 on Saturday in Group A action in Reims, France.

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In Nigeria’s previous seven appearances in the Women’s World Cup, it’s made it out of the group stage just once. That was in 1999, when it was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In 23 World Cup matches, Nigeria has compiled three wins, three draws, and 17 defeats. Nigeria has scored just five goals over its previous four World Cup appearances.

Norway defeated Nigeria on Saturday behind three first-half goals. Guro Reiten (17th minute), Lisa-Marie Utland (34th minute) scored goals for Norway, and Nigeria’s Osinachi Ohale (37th minute) scored an own goal.

Next up for Nigeria is its second match of the group stage, which comes against South Korea on Wednesday at 9 a.m. EST. South Korea lost to France 4-0 on Friday to open the World Cup.

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Anthony Chiang covers the Miami Heat for the Miami Herald. He attended the University of Florida and was born and raised in Miami.