Super Falcons draw Ireland to qualify for round 16

Nigeria’s Super Falcon needed a draw to be sure of the next round passage irrespective of the result between co-hosts Australia and 2020 Olympic Champions, Canada.

They also made history by avoiding defeat in three consecutive World Cup matches for the first time.

The Falcons had to endure an early minute of pressure from the Irish captain, Katie McCabe almost gave her side the lead when she attempted a low driving shot which fizzled past the post.

However, in the 14th minute, Asisat Oshoala had the chance to put Nigeria in the lead after Kanu picked up a misplaced pass. which found the Barcelona forward, whose misplaced effort whistled past the left post.

The Nigerians failed to maintain any form of dominance in possession as Angela Platt’s team continued to make their intentions known but were guilty of being lethargic at goal

Super Falcons came out with some change in pace and urgency in attack. It didn’t take them too long with Tony Payne who has been a revelation in the tournament whipped a teasing ball into the box from the left, Payne got up well to head it from close range but the Ireland shot-stopper Brosan pulled off a superb save to deflect the ball onto the crossbar.

Michelle Alozie continued to make a nuisance of the Irish defence by whipping the ball into the box from the byline, but there were no Nigerian players to meet it.

The Super Falcons who finished with five points will face the winner of Group D in the last 16.

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