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Nigeria vs USA live online and TV listings - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

June 16, 2015 By Michelle Bonsu
The USWNT will seek to secure their spot in the round of 16 as they take on Nigeria in Vancouver on Tuesday, June 16th. Here are some live TV listings & online streaming options for Nigeria vs. USA.

When the groupings were announced prior to this summer's Women's World Cup, Group D was given the title "Group of Death". Whilst fans have heard this used time and time again in the men's tournament, the expansion of the women's tournament from 16 to 24 teams meant that with the arrival of debutants, the groups could look at lot more spicy with "bigger" teams being thrown together in the same pot.

With Australia, the USA, Sweden, and Nigeria for company, this quartet features three top ten sides and one of Africa's best women's teams. In theory, each of these teams have a good shot at making it to the knock-out rounds and as a result, there have been no 10-0 thrashings like what heavyweights Germany handed to new girls Ivory Coast. Rather, fans have seen a six-goal thriller resulting in Sweden sharing the spoils with Nigeria, a tense scoreless stalemate between the USWNT and Sweden, and Australia clawing their way back after a 3-1 loss to the Stars and Stripes to down Nigeria 2-0.

As things stand, the USWNT currently sit on four points, whilst the team they will now take on - Nigeria - only have one. In between these two teams are Australia, with three and Sweden, with two, who will also be fighting it out to see who can earn second - or possibly first - place as we head into the round of 16. Whilst things do not look good for Africa's best-ranked women's team, they would turn the group on its head should they manage to shock Jill Ellis's ladies with what would be one of the bigger upsets of the tournament so far.

However the Super Falcons will have to make do without Ugo Njoku, who is serving a three-match ban after throwing a vicious elbow to the face of Australia's Samantha Kerr during her team's loss to the Matildas in their recent match. Nigeria, who have been outstanding in the African Women's Championship where they have won nine titles have struggled when faced with competition outside the continent. Despite this being their seventh appearance, they have only made it out of their group once at a World Cup - back in 1999 - when they made it to the quarter-finals.

Edwin Okon's troops have been placed in the toughest group for the third time where they have again had to play the USA and Sweden just as they did back in 2003 and 2007. However, as the Swedes saw in the 3-3 draw, Nigeria do have some attacking options in their ranks that could cause trouble for the USWNT if they are not on top of their game. Both Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Okobi were influential in their team securing a valuable point against Sweden and their pace and trickery could keep the USA's back-line busy over 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, Ellis could opt to field both Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan from the start. This World Cup has not been a good one for the star striking duo, with Wambach failing to open her account and Morgan being restricted to sub appearances due to a knee injury sustained before the team arrived in Canada. Surprisingly, Wambach was brought on as a sub against Sweden which was the first time since the 2003 World Cup tournament that the 35-year-old did not keep her spot in the starting XI.

And she made no secret of her personal and team's frustrations so far in Canada with the playing conditions not up to her satisfaction:

"I’m way more carefree [playing on grass]. I throw my body [around]. I’m not worried about anything. There’s no second-guessing. I definitely think that the United States [would have had] more goals if we were playing on grass."

Ellis has struggled to figure out the perfect combination for the USWNTT up front so far, as they were bailed out by a brace from Megan Rapinoe in their 3-1 win over Australia, and were largely bailed out time and time again by the class of Hope Solo between the sticks. As a result, despite the gulf in rankings between the two teams - the USA ranks second whilst the Nigerians are not even in the top 20 - this match will be one in which the Stars and Stripes will be really feeling the pressure.

Second place means they will face Brazil - a team that has brought both joy and disappointment at past World Cups. But should they do the unthinkable and finish in third, then it could be either Germany or Canada next - something that, given that they are yet to really get up and running is something they will be keen to avoid until deeper in the tournament.

Make sure you do not miss out on this crunch clash between Nigeria and the USA by bookmarking our special Nigeria vs. USA match page for broadcast info for wherever you are located.

Nigeria vs USA lineups

Nigeria's First XI: Dede, Ebi, Josephine, Esther, Oshoala, Dike, Sarah, Okobi, Nwabuoku, Francisca, Ebere

USWNT's First XI: Hope Solo, Sauerbrunn, Lloyd, Krieger, Holiday, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Heath, Johnston, Abby Wambach, Klingenberg

 

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