Nigeria finished up an undefeated group stage with a 0-0 draw against Ireland on Monday at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a result that was good enough to send the Super Falcons through to the Round of 16 out of Group B. The 11-time African champions will face the winners of Group D in the knockout stage, meaning Nigeria appear set for a duel against likely group winners England.
There were few opportunities in the first half. Ireland’s Katie McCabe sent a low shot just wide of the Nigerian goal and Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie managed to recover after fumbling an Irish free kick in the 20th minute.
Irish goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan made the save of the match early in the second half, reacting quickly to deny a bouncing header from Uchenna Kanu. That was the closest either team came to finding the goal and with Canada facing a lopsided defeat against co-hosts Australia, there was little worry for Nigeria even if they conceded to already eliminated Ireland.
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