Nigeria’s Super Falcons booked a Round of 16 clash against Germany in the FIFA Women’s World Cup as Chile missed out on a Women’s World Cup last-16 tie against England by the width of the woodwork in their dramatic 2-0 win over Thailand.
Needing a three-goal win to advance which would eliminate Nigeria who have three points after their Group A matches, Chile were 2-0 up when they were awarded a penalty after keeper Waraporn Boonsing fouled Maria Jose Urrutia.
However, Francisca Lara stepped up and struck her effort against the bar.
They took the lead when Boonsing inadvertently fired into her own net before Urrutia’s header made it 2-0.
At full time there were tears among the Chile players who made history with their first goals in the competition, but ultimately fell short against a side who had conceded a total of 18 goals in their previous two Group F games.
The South Americans had found it difficult in the first half to find a break through but had a lucky break three minutes after the interval when Yanara Aedo’s shot hit the post and went in off Boonsing.
Chile’s hopes of completing their mission grew 10 minutes before the end when Urrutia headed in. They now needed only one goal and were on the brink of a Sunday date with England when they were awarded a penalty.
Sadly for them their dreams were dashed when Urrutia’s firm effort came off the post.