Nigeria’s Super Falcons secured their spot in the round of 16 at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a goalless draw against the debutants, Republic of Ireland.
The Falcons put up a strong defense, with goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie making crucial saves, including a shot by Katie McCabe in the 5th minute.
Nigeria’s best chance came from striker Asisat Oshoala in the 14th minute, but her shot missed the target.
Next, the Falcons will face the winners of Group D in Brisbane, which could be England if they draw with or beat China.
This achievement is historic for Nigeria as it’s the first time they’ve avoided defeat in all three group-stage matches. They’ve also become the first African team to qualify for the round of 16 in the ongoing 2023 Women’s World Cup.
In reaction to the qualification, Fans of the Super Falcons took to social media to congratulate the ladies on their fantastic achievement.
Here are some reactions gathered by The Quest Times
We've sealed the Round of 16 berth!✅🔥
— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) July 31, 2023
Super Eagles congratulated the Super Falcons
@JosePeseiro Well done! Congratulations to the Super Falcons for their brilliant qualification to the knockout phase of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, let’s go for more! #FIFAWWC #SoarSuperFalcons @SSE_NGA
Super Falcons qualify for the knockout phase at the #FIFAWWC
Nigeria will play England 🏴 in the round of 16.
I want to see who you guys will support 🤪 pic.twitter.com/JxKLEDaThh
— POOJA!!! (@PoojaMedia) July 31, 2023
@Mbahdeyforyou Super Falcons have qualified for the World Cup Round Of 16 We are proud of you all
@Queenjohn4 Congratulations Super Falcons through to the round of 16. First African team to reach the knockout stages of the 2023 World Cup, we might face England in the round of 16
@Asiwaju_Lerry Nigeria Super Falcons are Qualified for World Cup RO16!! Toni Payne, Alozie, and Chiamaka Nnadozie are the only standout and consistent players in the squad so far.
Round of 16 qualification: Nigeria's Super Falcons have qualified for the knockout stages of the 2023 #FIFAWWC, securing a crucial point to finish group B with 5points. This is the 3rd time Nigeria will qualify for the R16 at the World Cup👏👏.
Full Time: Ireland🇮🇪 0-0 Nigeria🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/qIM9FW7Ona
— Making of Champions (@MakingOfChamps) July 31, 2023
@Kreemsyworld Nigerian Super Falcons defenders Demehin and Plumptre locked down the left side of our defence. Great players and we move to the Round of 16. I believe you ladies will get to the final, don’t give up, we supporting you from home.
@ChumaNnoli First African team to qualify for the 2023 Round of 16. Kept two clean sheets in three games. Finished the Group Stage Unbeaten. Shout out to Nigeria’s Super Falcons! #SoarSuperFalcons #IRENGA