The Super Eagles of Nigeria have earned their first three points of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup following a 2-0 victory over South Korea on Wednesday.
The African champions will confirm a place in the knockout stage for the first time in 20 years if they beat hosts France, one of the tournaments favourites, on Monday next week.
However, they could also advance as one of the four best third-placed teams.
Having lost 0-3 to Norway in their first match and realizing they could be heading back home after the group phase, the Falcons opted for a spritely approach against the Koreans.
Nigeria went ahead when defender Kim Do-yeon volleyed past her own keeper to give Falcons the lead before Barcelona striker, Asisat Oshoala held off a defender before rounding the keeper to score Nigeria’s second goal.
The win was Nigeria’s first at the FIFA Women’s World Cup since 2011, when they defeated Canada 1-0 in Germany.
It was also the first time they had won a World Cup match 2-0 since achieving the same scoreline against Denmark in the USA in 1999.
It was also the first win for an African team at the ongoing World Cup in France.