African champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria will take on Germany in the Round of 16 of the 8th FIFA Women's World Cup finals in Grenoble on Saturday.
The Super Falcons' qualification was confirmed on Thursday night after Chile could only defeat Thailand 2-0 in the final match of Group F, to seal Nigeria's passage.
With Brazil, China and Cameroon already qualified as the three best third-placed teams, the African champions prayed fervently for Chile failed to beat Thailand by a three-goal advantage in Rennes and it came to pass.
Chile defeated Thailand 2-0 on Thursday night but still had minus 4 goals difference, giving the Falcons an edge with minus 2 goals difference
The Super Falcons had failed to go beyond the knockout stage since 1999, when they reached the quarter-final in the USA.
The Nigerian women whose fate was out of their hands needed 'help' from Cameroon to progress but the Lioness had other ideas as they were also fighting to qualify.
The Lionesses defeated New Zealand 2-1 to keep the Falcons waiting for a miracle to happen.
It will be recalled that Nigeria ended Group A with three points, losing 3-0 to Norway, defeating North Korea by 3-0 and losing painfully to France by a lone goal.
Following this 'narrow escape', Nigeria will be joining Cameroon as the second African side in the knockout stage in France.
This is also first time since the inception of the showpiece in 1991 that two African sides have reached the knockout stage.