France has defeated Nigeria’s Super Falcons to earn a place in the round of 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
France finished top of Group A after a twice-taken penalty with the aid of VAR device as Wendie Renard gave them victory over Nigeria in the Women’s World Cup.
Wendie Renard’s penalty goal in the 79th-minute goal was all it took for France to edge past the Falcons who put up a brave challenge throughout the clash.
Meanwhile, the French side needed a point to take first place in the group but Renard gave them all three from the spot at the second attempt after Nigeria goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was judged to have encroached for Renard’s first effort, which hit the post.
Else were Norway have also gone through to the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup after beating South Korea 2-1 with two penalties.
Caroline Graham Hansen gave Norway an early lead from the spot after Cho So-Hyun was judged to have grabbed Maria Thorisdottir in the third minute, before winning the decisive second penalty shortly after the break when she was chopped down by Kang Chae-rim.
Nigeria will have to wait to see if they qualify as one of the third place sides. They have only qualified once before for the knockout stages, in 1999.
By Olukayode Oniwinde