Nigeria’s Super Falcons 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.