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  1. Fifa Women’s World Cup Group A
  2. Watch game live on BBC Red Button and online
  3. Ada Hegerberg not in Norway squad for tournament

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By Mantej Mann

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  1. Post update

    Norway 0-0 Nigeria

    The ball is whipped in and Osinachi Ohale rises highest but her header lacks the power to trouble Ingrid Hjelmseth.

  2. Post update

    Norway 0-0 Nigeria

    Nigeria have started on the front foot and they win a corner in the opening 90 seconds.


    Norway 0-0 Nigeria

    Nigeria get us underway as the sun begins to fade in Reims.

  4. Post update

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Right then, the pre-match formalities are over and the players are ready.

    Can one of these sides keep up the pressure on Group A leaders France?

  5. Post update

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    The scene is set and it’s time for the national anthems.

  6. Post update

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    The players are currently lined up side by side in the tunnel.

    I wonder what goes through the players’ minds before stepping out onto the field in a World Cup..?

    There are lots of nervous smiles on show.

  7. Tune in!

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    BBC Red Button

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    Happy viewing!

  8. Will Ajibade bring the heat?

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    She starts on the bench, but there could be a few embarrassed Norwegian defenders if Rasheedat Ajibade comes on… Watch this space!

    Rasheedat Ajibade

    Copyright: BBC

  9. All to play for

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Nigeria are currently ranked 38th in the world and face a tough task to progress out of the group for the first time since 2003.

    France were very impressive on the opening night after sweeping past South Korea, but three points for the African side here will move them level with the hosts in a commanding position.

    Nigeria XI

    Copyright: AFP

  10. Experience beyond her years

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Experienced midfielder Caroline Graham Hansen will be keen to make up for lost time after missing the 2015 World Cup with a knee injury.

    Caroline Graham Hansen

    Copyright: BBC

  11. ‘She shouldn’t have to do it by herself’

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Alex Scott

    Ex-England international

    You want the very best talent here so it is sad
    that she is not playing on the world stage. For me, she shouldn’t have to be
    doing it by herself.

    If you are making such a strong stance the rest of the team should be supporting her and getting behind her.

  12. ‘I personally thank her’

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Hope Solo

    Former US goalkeeper and World Cup winner

    She absolutely will be missed, but sometimes in order to progress a game. we have to have players making self-sacrifices. I personally thank her for everything she is doing to progress the women’s game.

  13. Post update

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Ada Hegerberg remains a colossus in club football, winning her fourth consecutive Champions League title last month, but her absence in France has been met with differing opinions.

    Ada Hegerberg

    Copyright: Reuters

  14. Big boots to fill…

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Imagine going to a World Cup without the best player on the planet…

    Well that is the reality for Norway after Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg – who is also the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2019 – was not included in their squad.

    The 23-year-old has refused to play for the national side since 2017 after taking a stand against what she describes as a lack of respect for female players in Norway.

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    Video caption: Ada Hegerberg on equality: ‘One day the men in suits will understand’
  15. Team news

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Without further ado, here’s a look at the starting line-ups for both sides:

    Norway XI:Hjelmseth, Wold, Thorisdottir, Mjelde, Minde, Boe Risa, Reiten, Systad Engen, Graham Hansen, Herlovsen, Utland

    Nigeria XI:Oluehi, Ohale, Michael, Ebere, Ebi, Okobi, Ayinde, Oshoala, Ordega, Chikwelu, Oparanozie

  16. The last order of the day

    Norway v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Day Two of the Women’s World Cup started with three points for Olympic champions Germany with victory over China…

    Germany celebrate

    Copyright: Getty Images

    Next up, Spain came from behind to beat tournament debutantes South Africa and move above the Germans on goal difference at the top of Group B…

    Jennifer Hermoso

    Copyright: Getty Images

    Today’s final dose of World Cup fever comes from Group A in sunny Reims. Over to you Norway and Nigeria…

    Reims ahead of Norway v Nigeria

    Copyright: Getty Images