Spain, Nigeria battle to progress to next stage


SUNDAY’S group B clash between leaders Spain and third-placed Nigeria will finalise the standings and determine who leaves for home early and who stays in contention for the final stages of the tournament.
Things are finely-balanced in group B.
Even though Spain leads with two wins from two matches on six points, they cannot afford to be complacent against a resurgent Nigeria on three points, who have found their goalscoring form in their previous game against Canada, winning 3-1.
The Nigerians were able to regroup following the 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Japanese in theirfirst match.
They now find themselves needing a win against as tactically solid Spanish outfit in order to progress to the knockout stages.
Nigerian coach Peter Dedevbo told the media following their win against Canada that the team still have a lot of work to do.
“Our girls need to play quality and controlled football if we want to beat Spain. It was challenging for us against Canada but the girls did very well,” Dedevbo said.
Group leaders Spain require a point from the match against Nigeria to see off Japan, who are in second place. A loss for Spain would leave the door wide open for Japan, who can claim top spot with a big win against bottom team Canada.

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