Finally, Nigeria's Super Falcons qualify for World Cup Round of 16

Super Falcons

Super Falcons

Nigeria advanced to the knockout stage of the 2019 Women's World Cup, and the moment the Super Falcons found out the news was pure joy.

Needing a three-goal win to advance, Chile were 2-0 up when they were awarded a penalty after keeper Thai goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing fouled Maria Jose Urrutia.

Nigeria finally qualified for the knockout stage twenty-years after missing out on five consecutive occasions.

Earlier, reported that Nigeria's Super Falcons squad members took to dancing and singing after their chances of reaching the last 16 round of the FIFA Women's World Cup in France received a major boost on Wednesday, June 19.

However, Francisca Lara stepped up and struck her effort against the bar in the dying minutes of the added seven minutes.

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"They have had a hard start into the tournament, losing 3-0 against Norway, but have shown what they are capable of, especially in the last game against France where they were maybe a little bit unlucky to lose 1-0".

However, the 11-time African champions claimed the last third- best placed team after Chile could only beat Thailand 2-0, a result that saw the South American nation bow out of the tournament.

The Lionesses defeated New Zealand 2-1 to keep the Falcons waiting for a miracle to happen.

Both sides were already assured of their places in the last 16, but the US added to their 13-0 and 3-0 wins over Thailand and Chile with another strong performance in Le Havre.

Following this "narrow escape", Nigeria will be joining Cameroon as the second African side in the knockout stage in France.

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