Flamingos celebrating a goal

By Obaloluwa Joshua, LAGOS

The Flamingos of Nigeria zoomed into the quarter-final at the 2022 FIFA Women’s World Cup following a 2-1 win against Chile on Monday afternoon, reports PNO Sports.

The Flamingos finished second in their group with six points.

Germany top the group with nine points after beating New Zealand 3-1 also on Monday.

Bankole Olowookere’s girls needed just a draw to advance to the knockout out round but attacked their opponent from the first minute.

Blessings Emmanuel, who captained the team in the absence of Alvine Dah-Zossu fired Nigeria in front on four minutes following an assist from Opeyemi Ajakaye.

The Flamingos were unable to add to their lead for the remainder of the first half.

Bustamante Paloma came close to equalising for the Chileans three minutes after the break but her effort went wide.

PNO Sports reports that Ajakaiye’s brilliant effort  hit the crossbar 15 minutes from time as the Flamingos searched for the second goal.

Biola  Mosaku doubled Nigeria’s lead in the 82nd minute.

The Chileans were awarded a penalty late in the game after Josephine Edafe was adjudged to have handled the ball following a VAR review.

Maitte Tapia slotted the ball home to halve the deficit for the South Americans.

The Flamingos will face either Brazil or United States of America in the quarter-final in Mumbai on Friday