Nigeriaâs Super Falcons and their handlers are now gripped with anxiety as they await news as to whether they will progress into the Round of 16.
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Nigeria finished their in Group A with three points, behind Norway and leaders France. They also had a minus two goal difference from the three matches they played.
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But now they will have to await the results in groups C, D, E and F to know whether they would qualify for the next round, for the first time in 20 years. Nnadozie: Super Falcons keeper
China, third in Group B would qualify ahead of Nigeria as they made four points and zero goal difference.
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The Nigerian ladies were hoping to take a point off France in the match at Rennes until the foul in the 75th minute changed the tenor of the game.
Ngozi Ebere who committed the foul got a red card, with Franceâs Wendie Renard scoring the resulting penalty after two attempts.
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Reduced to 10 women, the Nigerians still maintained tactical discipline in the defence to contain the attacking French women.