Kicking off earlier in the day, Germany and Spain were the first two teams to confirm their progression to the round of 16. Germany advanced as group winners with a hearty 4-0 win over South Africa who finished rock bottom of the group.
Meanwhile in Le Havre, Spain and China played out a frustrating draw leaving La Roja to automatically advance with the Steel Roses hoping to be one of the four best third-place finishers – and their four points should be plenty.
In Group A, already confirmed a spot in the last 16, France controversially squeezed past Nigeria to set up a meeting with one of the third placed teams in Le Havre on Sunday. Having been more than a touch hard-done by by the officials, Nigeria will have a nervous wait to see if their three points (and negative goal difference) is enough to see them thorugh.
Simultaneously, Norway benefited from their own penalties to dump South Korea out of the tournament – although, with a goal to show for their efforts. Leaving the Football Girls a meeting with the runner up from Group C in Nice on Saturday.
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