Nigeria’s Super Falcons qualify for Women’s World Cup Round of 16

The Super Falcons on Thursday qualified as one of the best losers to the round of 16 after finishing third in Group A behind France and Norway but had to endure a torrid time before confirming their place in the last 16 of the event.

A 3-0 win for Chile over Thailand would have ended the Falcons desires of qualification but having led 2-0, the South Americans lost a penalty late on in dramatic fashion to hand the Nigerians a spot in the knockout stage.

Nigerians were almost left frustrated after Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses beat New Zealand 2-1, which means they (Falcons) had to slip from 1/3 on the quality third-placed groups table, to fourth.

The Falcons have reached the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup just once before now, a quarter-final appearance in the competition in the United States in 1999.

The African champions ended their Group A campaign with three points, courtesy of a 2-0 win over Korea Republic and losses to former champions Norway (3-0) and hosts France (1-0).

But they had to wait three days later after their final group game on Monday to know their fate.

Cameroon also qualified as one of the third best-placed teams, thus making it the first time two Africans will reach the knockout stages of the competition.

With Brazil, China and Cameroon already qualified as the three best third-placed teams, the Nigerians were hoping Chile failed to beat Thailand by a three-goal advantage in Rennes.

The Super Falcons will now face European powerhouse Germany on the 22nd of June for a place in the quarter-finals.

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