Germans flying high at World Cup

Germany can take control of Group A with a win over Nigeria in Frankfurt Thursday at the Women's World Cup (Rogers Sportsnet,, 2:30 pm ET).
Germany's Kerstin Garefrekes is one player Nigeria will have to keep close tabs on. (Frank Augstein/Associated Press)

Day 5, Match 10

Germany vs. Nigeria, Group A

Date and Location

June 30, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany

Broadcast details

Live on Rogers Sportsnet and (2:30 pm ET). Consult the full broadcast schedule.

What's at stake

Both countries have a lot to play for, especially the Nigerians, who could be eliminated with a loss. At the very least, the Africans need to take a point in order to keep alive their hopes of moving on to the quarter-finals. Germany could wrap up a spot in the knockout stage if Canada loses earlier in the day. Regardless of what happens in the Canada-France match, a victory would put the Germans firmly in the driver's seat in Group A.

Setting the stage

It's down to business for the World Cup holders. After enjoying the limelight in Berlin, the hosts have travelled to Frankfurt for what appears to be their easiest game of the group stages. 

A glance at the record books makes ominous reading for the African champions. Over the last 20 years, Germany has a perfect 6-0-0 record against Nigeria, which includes victories at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. 

The Germans will enjoy the majority of possession and will expect to turn territorial advantage into goals at regular intervals. The Super Falcons' best hope is to use their pace to catch Germany on the break. Chances will be few so accurate finishing will be essential.

Player to watch for Germany

Kerstin Garefrekes — The German midfielder not only opened the scoring in a 2-1 win over Canada, but she effectively used her size and strength to cause plenty of problems for the Canadian defenders. Look for her to build on her command performance against the Nigerians.

Player to watch for Nigeria

Perpetua Nkwocha — One of the greatest African players in the history of the women's game, Nkwocha is an experienced striker with a proven track record of scoring goals. After being kept off the score sheet by France, Nkwocha needs to find the back of the net against the Germans.

The German perspective

"I think we'll see a very different Germany against Nigeria. We'll impose our authority on the match from the start until the end, and that'll give us a good chance of the three points," Germany defender Saskia Bartusiak told

The Nigerian perspective

"We certainly have a chance of making the World Cup Final, and maybe even winning it," Nigeria goalkeeper Precious Dede told

World Cup head-to-head

Germany hammered Nigeria 4-0 in the group stage of the 1991 World Cup in China.