Nigeria reach last 16

Despite losing to Argentina 3-2 in their final group match, Nigeria reached the last 16.

Nigerian head coach, Stephen Keshi. Picture: Facebook.

SAO PAULO - Nigeria have become the first African team to progress into the round of 16 at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Despite going down to Argentina 3-2 in their final group game, other favourable results helped push them through.

After the disappointing tournament for the continent thus far, the Super Eagles finally gave Africans something to cheer about after progressing to the next round.

Stephen Keshi has also made history by becoming the first ever African coach to qualify an African team into the round of 16 at the World Cup.

Iran's hopes ended in a 3-1 loss to World Cup debutants Bosnia, who enjoyed their first win at the finals.

Argentina finished top of Group F with a maximum nine points, followed by Nigeria, Bosnia and Iran.

Bosnia, already eliminated after two losses in their first appearance at a major tournament since independence, went ahead in the 23rd minute through Edin Dzeko.

In other matches, Switzerland hammered Honduras 3-0 and France drew 0-0 with Ecuador.

Ecuador had Antonio Valencia sent off for a challenge on Lucas Digne which left the France left back needing treatment in the second half.

More spots in the round of 16 are up for grabs tonight.

With four games on tonight, the USA, Germany, Algeria and Belgium seem like the favourites to progress.

Group G, the so called group of death, gets the evening underway with the United States taking on Germany and Ghana battling Portugal.

A draw for Jurgen Klinsmann's men will be enough to see them through.

At the same time Ghana play Portugal and they will be hoping that the Germans beat the Americans, opening the door for them.

The two team need wins to keep their World Cup dream alive.

In the other matches, Algeria will be hoping to replicate their fine form when they take on Russia, while the Korea Republic look to upset Belgium, who currently occupy the top spot in the group.