Nine times African champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria, will now face Germany in the round of 16 tie of the FIFA Women's World Cup held in France.
The Super Falcons qualified as one of the top four best losers after amassing just 3 points from their group stage games, losing to Norway, defeating North Korea before losing marginally to host and table toppers, France, in the final group stage encounter.
Chile ensured the safe passage of the Super Falcons to the round of 16 after they [Chile] could only defeat Thailand by 2-0 in their final group stage game. Chile had 6 goals going into that game though they defeated Thailand by 2-0 but they had a 4-goal difference, meanwhile the Super Falcons had a 2-goal difference. Narrow escape?
This is the first time since the introduction of women's world cup in 1991, where two African nations are reaching the round of 16 [Knockout phase]. These teams are Nigeria and Cameroon. Also, the Super Falcons of Nigeria has now gone beyond the group stage for the first time since the 1999 edition where they reached the quarter - finals.