Nigeria women’s football team, Super Falcons have advanced to the last 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup after playing a goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland.
The Nigerian ladies, the lowest-ranked side in Group B, qualified in second place at the expense of Olympic champions Canada.
Canada, who started their campaign with a draw with Nigeria before winning over Ireland, were beaten 4-0 by hosts Australia in the other group tie on Monday.
Ireland were already knocked out after defeats by Australia and Canada but collected their first point at a World Cup in their final match against Nigeria.
Group runners-up Nigeria will face the winners of Group D in Brisbane, which could be England if the Lionesses draw with or beat China on Tuesday.
Earlier on, in Group C, Zambia clinched their very first win at a World Cup with a 3-1 scoreline over Costa Rica. The Africans and their opponents crashed out regardless.
In the other Group C game played concurrently, Japan thrashed Spain 4-0 to finish top of the group and book a last-16 showdown with Norway.
Spain, who finished in second place, will head to Auckland, where they will play Switzerland at Eden Park on Saturday.
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