The hopes of Nigeria’s Super Falcons qualifying for the round of 16 in the 2019 FIFA World Cup dimmed after the Nigerian ladies lost 0-1 to host France in one of the last group matches played on Monday.
If they eventually go through, it would mean that Nigeria progressed as one of the third best losers.
Wendie Renard converted a penalty in the 79th minute, after Ngozi Ebere was shown a red card (after a second yellow card).
She had earlier missed a penalty, but referee booked goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie for stepping her foot outside the line, and ordered that the penalty be re-taken.
Nigeria produced one of their best defensive performances in recent years against a strong France side. The Super Falcons were tactically disciplined throughout and, while disappointed by the outcome, they will be proud at how they executed their game plan. Now the wait is on to see if they progress to the knockout phase for the first time in 20 years.
Did Nigeria get robbed?
France take the win after more VAR controversy led to a penalty re-take. Check out how we got there in our 90′ in 90″ ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/UOWyabsRt7
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The last-16 picture continues to take shape at France 2019, with China PR, Spain and Norway the latest teams to confirm their spots in the knockout phase.
The final rankings in Groups A and B were also decided on an action-packed day of matches, with Germany thumping South Africa and France edging out Nigeria to stay in position at the summits of their respective sections.
The South African debutantes now join Korea Republic in heading for home, while Nigeria must wait to discover if they have done enough to finish as one of four best third-placed teams.
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