The Nigerian women’s national team secured advancement to the knockout stage of the 2023 Women’s World Cup after a 0-0 draw with Ireland on Monday.

The stalemate represented a historic milestone for the Super Falcons, as they avoided defeat across three straight World Cup group stage matches for the first time ever.

A tense affair saw early chances for both sides, with Irish captain Katie McCabe nearly opening the scoring before Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala threatened at the other end minutes later. Ultimately staunch defending kept the game goalless.

Late in the second half, Nigeria pressed aggressively for a winner with Tony Payne nearly breaking through for the Falcons. Her glancing header was saved athletically by Irish goalkeeper Brosnan.

The result leaves Nigeria well-positioned to finish as runners up in Group B behind Australia. They await the conclusion of Group D to learn their Round of 16 opponents.