Nigeria celebrated after their goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland sent them to the Women’s World Cup knockout stages. Uchenna Kanu had Nigeria’s finest chance in the second half, but Courtney Brosnan saved it with a great save. Ireland could take solace in the fact that this was their first-ever point in the showcase event.
Nigeria drew 0-0 with the Republic of Ireland to earn the point needed to advance to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.
Despite being eliminated after losing their first two games, Ireland dominated possession and nearly lead within the first five minutes, but Katie McCabe drove a low shot just wide.
After being put through on goal by Uchenna Kanu, Asisat Oshoala fired wide with Nigeria’s finest chance of the first half.
Kanu thought to have broken the game with a downward header after the break, only for Courtney Brosnan to magnificently tip onto the crossbar.
With Australia defeating Canada in the other Group B match, Nigeria finishes second and will face the winner of Group D – which may be England – in the last 16.
Ireland finishes last in their group, however it is their first point in a Women’s World Cup.