WWC – Another loss for Africa as England eject Nigeria
The adventure of the Women’s World Cup is over for the Super Falcons who fall with honours after the fateful penalty shootout against England.
Egland were so close to seeing yet another upset at this World Cup as the Lionesses needed penalties to defeat Nigeria 4-2 and reach the quarterfinals.
Nigeria was stronger throughout the match – in particular, the first 90 minutes – and deserved more, having two brilliant efforts stopped by the crossbar and the England keeper.
The Lionesses had star player Lauren James sent off in the 87th minute after a moment of madness, stepping on Michelle Alozie’s back.
But the European champion held on in extra-time with 10 players to take the match to a shootout.
Despite Georgia Stanway missing the first penalty, England’s remaining spot-kicks were close to perfect with Chloe Kelly hitting her decisive effort into the roof of the net to secure a 4-2 win in the shootout.