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Women’s World Cup: Wendie Renard’s penalty – did officials get France award right?

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Wendie Renard has scored three goals in three games at this year’s Women’s World Cup

It was the most contentious moment of the Women’s World Cup so far.

When Wendie Renard sent her late re-taken penalty into the top corner to earn hosts France a 1-0 win over stubborn Nigeria, it sparked “confusion” and “bemusement” on social media.

One BBC Sport reader even described it as “daylight robbery”.

France were awarded a spot-kick – after a video assistant review – in the 75th minute when Ngozi Ebere fouled Viviane Asseyi in the box. Centre-back Renard stepped up to take it and missed – hitting the outside of the right post.

Wendie Renard scored an own goal in France’s previous match against Norway

But VAR intervened, adjudging 18-year-old Super Falcons keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie to have moved off her line early.

Renard stepped up again – and this time made no mistake.

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