Nigeria’s Super Falcons are through to the round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after playing out to a goalless draw against Ireland on Monday.
The result meant Africa’s most successful national team of all-time finished the group stage unbeaten for the first time ever.
The Super Falcons had held Canada to a goalless draw in their first game before edging Australia 3-2.
It is the third time that the Super Falcons – an ever present at the FIFA Women’s World Cup since its inception in 1991 – will be advancing to the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
The only other times that Nigeria progressed to the knockout rounds were in 1999 and 2003.
But they will be heading into the round of 16 as Group B’s second-placed team after Australia, who lost to the Super Falcons last Thursday, thrashed Canada 3-0 on Monday.
The Aussies had earlier beaten Ireland 1-0 before losing to the Super Falcons.