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Norway and Spain progress for the ‘eighths’

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Norway and Spain qualified for the knockout rounds of the women’s football world championships today, joining France and Germany who had already secured first place in groups A and B, respectively.

The Norsemen needed only to make the same result for Nigeria, which they had a 3-0 win over and wrote their destiny by beating South Korea 2-1 with two penalty goals.

Caroline Graham Hansen in the 05th minute and Isabell Herlovsen in the 51st position made the top 12 places in the FIFA ranking on the 14th, which would still reduce with Yeo Min-Ji at 78.

In the other match, France, already qualified, beat Nigeria 1-0, with Wendie Renard (79) conceding a penalty in the penalty shoot-out that resulted in the expulsion of an opponent for yellow card accumulation.

France scored nine points, Norway finished with six, Nigeria with three and South Korea did not score.

With a one-goal advantage to manage, Spain knew that a draw with China was enough for them to continue in the competition – with 0-0 going to benefit the Iberian side.

At the other meeting, Germany, second in the FIFA rankings, thrashed South Africa 49th, 4-0, with goalkeeper Andile Dlamini barely beaten in three tries.

Germany finished the group with the full nine points, Spain and China with four, while South Africa was zeros.

England (Group D), the Netherlands and Canada (E), champions the United States and Sweden (F) are already in the round of 16.

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