Women's World Cup Du Jour: Germany uninspiring but wins again, Nigeria scores from ridiculous angle

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This is Yahoo Soccer’s daily Women’s World Cup recap. From the best performances to the buzziest moments, we’ll make sure you don’t miss a thing from France.

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Germany 1-0 Spain

A day after learning star midfielder Dzenifer Marozsan would miss the rest of the group stage and possibly longer, and four days after a so-so win over China, the Germans earned another three points by beating Spain on Sara Dabritz’s goal just before halftime. Spanish goalkeeper Sandra Panos parried Alexandra Popp’s initial header, and Dabritz outhustled Marta Torrejon to punch the ball home.

The Germans looked disorganized defensively once again, and ceded much of the possession to Spain. A better, more experienced team will likely punish their mistakes. Then again, Germany is still firmly in pole position atop the group, and there’s something to be said for looking unimpressive in the group stage and hitting your stride in the knockout stage. Just ask the USWNT from four years ago.

Sara Dabritz (13), Svenja Huth and Germany haven't been impressive, but they have been victorious. (Getty)
Sara Dabritz (13), Svenja Huth and Germany haven't been impressive, but they have been victorious. (Getty)

Standout player

Asisat Oshoala, Nigeria

The supremely skilled Oshoala was a constant threat in the Super Falcons’ 2-0 win and didn’t shy away from roughing up any idea South Korea had of going forward either. Her goal in the 75th minute, not technically the winner but nevertheless a healthy bit of insurance, was particularly eye-opening. Oshoala ran onto a great long ball by Chidinma Okeke, deked around the keeper and finished from an absurd angle at full speed. She’s the real deal.

Best goal

Oshoala, Nigeria

What, you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging, did you?

Headlines from the touchlines

France overcomes Renard’s unbelievable own goal to beat Norway

Hope Solo weighs in on USWNT celebration drama

TSN analyst says she received death threats for comments

Alex Morgan responds to USWNT criticism

Orrin Hatch argues for equal pay

Thursday’s games

Australia vs. Brazil, Group C, Noon ET

South Africa vs. China, Group B, 3 p.m. ET

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