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Nigeria and Australia secure places in the Women’s World Cup last-16 stage.

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World cup Nigeria advances to the next round with a draw against Ireland, while Australia eliminates Olympic champions Canada from the competition.

Women’s World Cup: Nigeria and Australia Secure Last-16 Spots; Potential Showdown with European Champions Looms
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Nigeria secured their spot in the Women’s World Cup last-16 following a goalless draw against Ireland. Securing the second position in Group B. Co-hosts Australia dominated with a 4-0 victory over Canada, earning their advancement as well. In the upcoming stage, Nigeria, from Group B, is set to face the winners of Group D. Potentially pitting them against European champions England.

Nigeria Advances to Knockout Stage After Goalless Draw with Ireland

In their quest to reach the knockout stage for the third time in nine attempts, Nigeria faced a challenging match against Ireland. Despite their previous upset against Australia, the Nigerian team struggled to showcase their usual flair, especially in the first half, where they were outperformed by an Irish side playing with nothing but pride on the line.

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The Nigerian attackers found it challenging to breach the resolute Irish defense, and lone striker Asisat Oshoala had limited opportunities to make an impact. In the first 45 minutes, she had just one chance to put her team ahead after capitalizing on a poor back pass from Louise Quinn, but unfortunately, she couldn’t convert it into a goal. Nevertheless, Nigeria’s determination and tactical play earned them the crucial draw they needed to secure a spot in the knockout stage.

However, her shot narrowly veered past the right-hand post, granting Ireland a fortunate escape.

Australia Dominates with a 4-0 Victory, Eliminating Olympic Champions Canada
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In the other match, Australia displayed an impressive performance, securing their advancement to the next stage. Hayley Raso netted two goals, while Mary Fowler added another after halftime, leading Australia to a decisive 4-0 victory that sent the Olympic champions, Canada, crashing out of the tournament.

The spirited crowd at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium witnessed Raso’s first goal in the ninth minute, a precise shot with her right foot, followed by another strike in the 39th minute from a goalmouth scramble, much to the delight of the unused captain, Sam Kerr, who cheered from the touchline.

Fowler further cemented Australia’s triumph with a skillful touch in the 58th minute, as the ball found its way into the net off the right post. In the closing moments, Steph Catley converted a penalty, igniting a wave of celebration throughout the nation as the co-hosts celebrated their well-deserved progress.

Canada’s early exit from the group stage, the first time since 2011, left them with a sense of regret, as they only required a draw to progress further in the tournament.

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