Nigeria on Wednesday recovered from their stuttering start to beat South Korea 2-0 in their second group game in Grenoble to keep hope alive in their 2019 Women's World Cup (WWC) campaign taking place in France.
An own goal from South Korea and a brilliant strike from striker Asisat Oshoala helped the Super Falcons claim their first win at this competition, having lost the opening game 3-0 to Norway on Match Day One.
The reigning African champions earned their first three points but remain third on the Group A standings until the match between France and Norway is honoured on later Wednesday evening.
To survive and advance to the next round, they would have to earn a good result to finish as second-placed team from Group A or as one of the best third-placed teams out of the six groups.
Nigeria were gifted their first goal an own goal from a Kim Do-yeun strike
Under pressure to recover from that faulty start and keep dream alive, the Super Falcons, making their eighth successive appearance at the WWC, put in their all, piling pressure on the South Koreans. That paid off as in a bid to avert trouble from a dangerous move from Nigeria captain, Desire Oparanozie, Kim Do-yeun rather struck the ball into her own net on the 29th minute.
Barcelona's Oshoala, who won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the under-20 World Cup in 2014, confirmed her status as one of the best players in the game by ensuring her team's victory by rounding off a fine Nigerian move on the 75th minute.
Asisat Oshola rounded up the South Korea before tapping the ball in
The three-time African footballer of the year, with her pace, kept in control, a through ball from Chidinma Okeke, beat her marker and got deep into the box before tapping the ball which beat the goalkeeper ad rolled into the net.
That effort did not only earn Nigeria the win they desired, but it also helped Oshoala claim the Best Player of the Match.
It was a frustrating match for the South Koreans ranked 14th in the world, who had what was to be their equaliser ruled offside after Lee Geu-min found the back of the Nigeria net.
Though strong at the youth tournament, South Korea have struggled at the senior WWC, with their best showing being the quarter-finals berth in 2015.
The defeat to Nigeria which makes it two losses out of two matches, all but ends the hope of the Taegeuk Ladies who were beaten 4-0 by hosts, France in their opening game.
Results and standings
Match Day 2
Results at a glance
Nigeria 2, South Korea 0
Match Day 1
France 4, South Korea 0
Norway 3, Nigeria 0
Team P W D L GF GA GD PTS
France 1 1 0 0 4 0 4 3
Norway 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0
South Korea 1 0 0 1 0 3 -4 0
Date: Wednesday, June 12
France v Norway (7:00PM)
Date: Monday, June 17
South Korea v Norway (7:00PM)
Nigeria v France (7:00PM)