Germany were deserved winners, dominating possession, scoring three, keeping another clean sheet. But Nigeria performs with great resolve and no little skill. That's what Rasheedat Ajibade did in the second half as exhilarating as football gets. Had Desire Oparanozie got a toe on Ajibade's cross to the deficit, this was a whole lot of tighter. Nigeria wants to point to the questionable VAR call that allowed Germany's first goal to stand, with Svenja Huth standing in front of Chiamaka Nnadozie, offside, arguably interfering with play. Alexandra Popp scored her 48th international goal while Lea Schuller bagged a clinical first at a World Cup. They advance to the quarters having four, four, scored nine, conceded none. Imagine what they might do if they start playing well!
90 min: Ordega sashays in from the left, and is unceremoniously upended by a sliding Oberdorf. A free kick to the left of the box, 25 yards out. Can Nigeria find a consolation, and become the first team to score against Germany at this World Cup?
It's all over. Ayinde dithers over the ball while facing her own goal under pressure. Schuller, who takes a stride down the inside right channel before fizzing a clinical first-time shot into the bottom left
81 min: Hegering suffers another whack, this time from Ajibade's elbow, planted in the back of her head as the pair contest a high ball. It was more clumsy than malicious, but Ajibade is going into the book.
79 min: Some baroque drumming by the fresh Oberdorf down the left. Dabritz into the box. Dabritz only has Nnadozie to beat, but she's coming in from a tight-ish angle, and drags her across the keeper and harmlessly out of play to the right of goal. That could have put this game to bed. As it is, Nigeria are still in this. But they need something soon.
77 min: A free kick for Nigeria just inside the German half. It's launched into the mixer. Okobi rises just inside the area, and gets a header on target, but she's too far out and there's not enough power in the effort. Schult gathers without drama.
75 min: Ihezuo departs to warm applause from the 17,988 inside the Stade des Alpes. Nearly a full house. Fingers crossed that's nothing more than cramp; she's putting in quite a shift at both ends of the pitch this afternoon. She's replaced by Uchendu.
72 min: Gwinn has been a livewire presence for Germany. She is looking for a shot at the Nigeria box, but she's closed down at the last. Nigeria helped clear. Then Simon fizzes down the left and cuts back for Popp, whose latest attempt at the best-in-the-middle corner.
61 min: Oparanozie is booked straight through the back of Popp. Alexandra Popp of Germany goes down injured. ” src=”https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/d8dd6c220e4b121e05ad82b901b5469dee51a28d/0_12_3000_1800/master/3000.jpg?width=300&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=616bda79df2d74bc37ada88d3df43b2a”/>
Alexandra Popp of Germany falls down injured. Photographer: Maja Hitij / Getty Images
58 min: Germany is not much in the way of fluency, but this is better, as Buhl chases Popp's down the right and backheels for Gwinn, barreling into space down the inside-left channel. Gwinn lifts her over the bar, in an attempt to float a chip over Nnadozie. A lovely move, shame about the finish.
52 min: Germany look a little shocked by that burst of brilliance. A flustered hegering slices a simple clearance behind and out for a corner. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg out of the dugout and into her technical area.
50 min: [PleaseNotice:Thisisanautomaticallytranslatedarticle! What a run by Ajibade! From the halfway line, she bursts the left with great purpose and skill, gliding past Gwinn, who is left in the dust. Ajibade enters the box and fires a low ball across the face of goal. If Oparanozie connects with a telescopic leg at the far post, it's a goal, but the ball evades her toe by millimetres.  EDT 12:39
48 min: Germany come back at Nigeria, Buhl very nearly bustling her way into the box after getting on the end of a long clearance by Schult. She earns a corner. Hegering stops Nnadozie claiming her, and the whistle blows for a foul. Pressure off.
And we're off again! Germany get the ball rolling for the second half, having made two changes. Schweers and Leupolz have been replaced by Simon and Buhl. Meanwhile, Nigeria have swapped Nwabuoku for Ajibade, who makes her World Cup debut.
45 min +4: Or do they? Canoe is afforded more space down the right. She hoofs the ball towards Gwinn, who is facing the other way. The ball hits her upper arm. Nigeria want a penalty, and the referee checks, but it's not happening. The correct decision – Gwinn was not aware, she was right next to Canoe, and her arm was a totally natural position – but the crowd boo. The neutrals have been taken sides.
45 min +2: A free kick for Nigeria on the halfway line. Ohale launches it long. Germany only helped clear, and Ordega is ready to crawl out of the right. She sends it in low, and Oparanozie tries to flick it home from the edge of the six-yard box. Doorsoun is forced to clip the ball out for a corner.
42 min: Gwinn crosses hard from the right. Huth, yards out with the right-hand post, attempts to guide the ball into the net with a spectacular scorpion kick. Had that gone in, it would have been a goal of the tournament. As it was, the ball sailed harmlessly wide. But full marks for ambition.
38 min: Okobi whips the ball toward the near post. It's whistling towards the top left, but Schuller is on the line to head clear. Another header, this time from Schweers, completely quashes the danger. Schult was not kicked, though.
32 min: Dabritz rolls a gorgeous pass down the inside-right channel Gwinn on the overlap. Ihezuo does the ball out of play for a goal kick. Gwinn, slightly exasperated, takes a wild swipe at the ball just before it runs out, and connects with Ihezuo instead. She's booked.