The video assistant referee helped hosts France to victory over Nigeria at the World Cup to seal top spot in Group A.

The game in Rennes remained goalless until the final 15 minutes, with Wendie Renard scoring a penalty at the second attempt to secure a 1-0 win.

Referee Melissa Borjas awarded a spot-kick after consulting VAR and adjudging that Viviane Asseyi had been taken down by Ngozi Ebere - who was shown a second yellow card for the challenge.

Renard stepped up and smashed the penalty against the post, only for VAR to once again fall in favour of France.

Nigeria goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie stepped off her line before Renard struck the ball and Borjas ordered a retake, with the Lyon defender making no mistake second time around.

Asseyi missed a decent early chance to put France ahead at Roazhon Park on a night when they passed up plenty of opportunities to wrap up the win.

Valerie Gauvin and Amandine Henry both missed headers, with the pattern of play continuing after the break with Delphine Cascarino firing wide.

It took until the 65th minute for the first shot on target as Amel Majri drew a simple save out of Nnadozie.

The penalty incident followed soon after as France secured the win, with Nigeria's place in the competition still up in the air as they hope to end the group stage as one of the four best third-placed sides.