Nigeria secures their spot in the Women’s World Cup last-16 with a 0-0 draw against Ireland, securing the second position in Group B behind co-hosts Australia, who defeated Canada 4-0 to progress as well.
Nigeria’s next challenge awaits in the knockout stage, where they will face the winner of Group D, likely to be European champions England.
Despite a tough first half and lacking their previous flair, Nigeria managed to get the draw they needed to advance to the knockout stage for the third time in nine attempts. Ireland, playing for pride after two losses, put up a fight, and it was a scrappy match.
Nigeria struggled to break through Ireland’s defense, with Asisat Oshoala, the lone striker, having only one clear chance in the first half. Unfortunately, her shot missed, and Ireland escaped the danger.
Meanwhile, in another game, Australia dominated Canada with a 4-0 victory. Hayley Raso scored twice, Mary Fowler added a goal, and Steph Catley slotted a penalty in stoppage time. The co-hosts celebrated their advancement, while Canada exited the tournament at the group stage for the first time since 2011, with some disappointment after needing just a draw to progress.