For the third time in their history, the Nigerian Women’s National Team advances to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Round of 16 to face 2022 European Champions, England.
The Super Eagles began their tournament with a 0-0 draw with Canada in their first match at the World Cup. Nigeria would match up with hosts Australia in their second group play match, where they pulled off a monumental 3-2 upset to claim the top spot in Group B heading into their third and final group stage match against Ireland. With Nigeria and Ireland drawing 0-0 and Australia destroying Canada 4-0 simultaneously, the Super Falcons would slide to second in their group to solidify their spot in the Round of 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Nigeria Manager and Pitt Women’s Soccer Head Coach Randy Waldrum has been pleased with how his team has performed.
“I don't think anybody, before we got here, believed that we could get out of this group and go through it without losing a match,” said Waldrum.
“So I'm so proud of them and the effort they put in and so happy for them that they're getting to experience this.”
The reigning European Champions began their World Cup campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory over Haiti. The Lionesses would squeak by Denmark in their second match 1-0 and finished group stage play with a 6-1 bang against Vietnam. England finished group play with a perfect 3-0 record while scoring 8 goals and allowing one in just three games played down under.
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