Super Falcons make Round of 16 at France 2019, opponent named

Super Falcons

"Super Falcons heaved a sigh of relief as the Nigerian side finally qualified for the Round of 16 as one of the 'four best losers" after 96-hours of wait at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Alexandra Popp scored the victor 20 minutes in, and Sara Dabritz added the second from a penalty kick in the 27th minute, before Lea Schuller's 82nd-minute goal ended any hope of a Nigeria comeback.

Captain Alexandra Popp gave Germany the lead on 20 minutes, nodding Lina Magull's in-swinging corner inside the far post.

Germany, which has played in all eight Women's World Cups, has never lost a round-of-16 match, reaching at least the quarterfinals in the previous seven tournaments.

And the African champions were later taken through a tortuous mental experience as Chile chased a clear three goal win over Thailand, but won 2-0 after missing a late penalty.

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Nigeria offered more of a challenge after conceding the second goal and came close to reducing the arrears early in the second half when substitute teenager Rasheedat Ajibade burst down the left flank in impressive fashion only for Desire Oparanozie to just fail to connect with the cross. "But then we allowed Nigeria to get back into the game a little bit".

Germany had 13 shots to Nigeria's eight and completed 80 percent of their passes while having almost 70 percent possession.

"I think we showed the whole world that Nigeria have a team that has improved a lot", said Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby.

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