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France defeats Nigeria in dramatic World Cup encounter

(CNN)It took a remarkable six-minute period in the second half for what had been a largely uneventful Women's World Cup match to come to life in Rennes as France beat Nigeria 1-0 in dramatic fashion. The task facing the Super Falcons before a partisan 28,267 crowd at Roazhon Park had always been deemed a formidable one. France had won 15 of its last 16 games coming into its final group match -- conceding only six times in the process -- but the Super Falcons seemed up to the task until the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came into play in the 73rd minute and created a period of theater. Nigeria defender Ngozi Ebere had brought Viviane Asseyi down inside the box, leaving the referee with little option but to award the spot kick once Melissa ...
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