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Super Falcons qualify for knockout stage at the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup

Valentine Chinyem



The Super Falcons of Nigeria have qualified for the last 16 rounds of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup on Thursday night, without kicking a ball.

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.

Chile took the lead through an own goal by Thailand’s goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing and in the 80th minute Maria Urrutia doubled their lead with a header.

In the 85th minute, Chile where handed a lifeline by a VAR assisted penalty, but Lara could only find the bar from six yards as scores remained 2-0.

Despite other late chances Chile failed to get the all-important third goal to guarantee their progress to the knockout rounds.

The result means the South American nation are out of the tournament as Nigeria will now claim the spot and square up with Germany in a last 16 clash on June 22, at Stade des Alpes, Grenoble.

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.

The Falcons, who are yet to know their qualification fate were excited seeing England’s Lionesses beat Japan 2-0, alongside Argentina’s 3-3 comeback draw against Scotland after going down 3-0.

The 11-time African champions are now hopeful of grabbing one of the two remaining spots for third-placed teams.