Nigeria’s women national team, the Super Falcons have progressed to the knockout phase of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup ongoing in France.
Thomas Dennerby’s ladies go through to the Round of 16 of the competition having garnered 3 points and a -2 goal difference to emerge as one of the best third-placed teams in the group phase.
The Nigerian team started out their campaign with a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Norway. They however came back strong four days later and secured a spirited 2-0 win over South Korea courtesy of a Kim Do-Yeon own goal and Asisat Oshoala’s well-taken strike 15 minutes from time.
On Monday, the Falcons then gave their all in a bid to grind out a suitable result in their final group game against France but were broken after Wendie Renard’s penalty goal 11 minutes from time following a controversial VAR decision.
Interestingly, the Falcons had to wait for one of the very last games of the group phase between Chile and Thailand (potential best losers) on Thursday to confirm their status. Meanwhile, Chile’s 2-0 win wasn’t enough to edge out the Falcons and that made the Nigerian ladies wait worth while as, for the first time since the 1999 edition, they made it into the knockout phase of the competition.
They will square up to Group B leaders Germany in the last 16 on Saturday by 4:30pm (Nigerian time).