Despite failing to beat the Republic of Ireland, Nigeria booked their spot in the FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) knockout stages as they extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with the goalless draw. The Super Falcons were aware that a victory in this match could have seen them top the group, but Australia took an early lead in their match against Canada, making it difficult for Nigeria to secure the top spot.
In the first half, Nigeria had a chance to score through Asisat Oshoala, but her shot missed the target, letting Ireland off the hook. The match remained goalless until halftime, and Nigeria seemed comfortable in securing second place in the group, with less pressure on them.
In the second half, Nigeria’s performance was unimpressive, and they were lucky to be saved by a last-minute block from Oluwatosin Demehin, preventing Ireland from scoring. As the game progressed, Nigeria knew they needed a goal to top the group, but despite their efforts, they couldn’t find the net. Ultimately, the goalless draw confirmed Nigeria’s second-place finish in the group, and they now have to wait to see which team they will face in the last-16.
For Ireland, this WWC debut ended in disappointment as they crashed out at the group stage. Despite their efforts to find a first-ever WWC point, they were unable to secure a win or draw in their matches.