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End Of The Road For Impressive Super Falcons As England Win On Penalties

The Super Falcons despite an impressive performance against the English side fell on penalties at Brisbane


England’s players celebrate their victory after a penalty shoot-out during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup round of 16 football match between England and Nigeria at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane on August 7, 2023. (Photo by Patrick Hamilton / AFP)

 

Nigeria’s Super Falcons were the much better side on the night in Brisbane but England maintained their composure to go through on penalties, winning 4-2 to seal their spot in the last eight.

The Lionesses came out tops in Group D while Nigeria were second in Group B. Both sides have only met twice in the competition with England winning 3-2.

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0′ – The game is on!

16′ Nigeria’s hit the woodwork. Ashleigh Plumtre’s shot was just a few inches away.

England’s goalkeeper #01 Mary Earps reacts during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup round of 16 football match between England and Nigeria at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane on August 7, 2023. (Photo by Patrick Hamilton / AFP)

26′ A miskick by Demehin leaves Russo with a clear sight of the goal from 18 yards – she goes for power but it’s comfortably saved by Nnadozie.

28′ Chance for England as Rachel Daly’s volley from a corner is well saved by Ndozie who blocks well from close range.

31′ Penalty for England as Rachel Daly is tripped in the box and England have a penalty!

31′ After VAR check the penalty decision is rescinded

37′ Nigeria regain the momentum after that disallowed penalty.

England’s defender #16 Jessica Carter (L) and Nigeria’s forward #15 Rasheedat Ajibade compete for the ball during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup round of 16 football match between England and Nigeria at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane on August 7, 2023. (Photo by Patrick Hamilton / AFP)

45+4′ Nigeria’s dynamic midfield and backline so far have proved resolute despite a growing  English wave of attacks

Nigeria’s midfielder #10 Christy Ucheibe controls the ball during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup round of 16 football match between England and Nigeria at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane on August 7, 2023. (Photo by Patrick Hamilton / AFP)

Half-time

A pulsating end to the first half.

England 0-0 Nigeria

ET 105′ England have made a change, Beth England is on for Lauren Hemp.
ET 111′ Nigeria are still dominating possession but nothing concrete has come of it yet.
Nigeria’s forward #15 Rasheedat Ajibade controls the ball during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup round of 16 football match between England and Nigeria at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane on August 7, 2023. (Photo by Patrick Hamilton / AFP)
ET 116′ Oshoala with a chance but a comfortable save for England’s goalkeeper, Mary Earps
ET 120′ Wiegman is waving her players forward, worried that they are sitting way too deep and almost demanding Nigeria attack them.
The second half comes to an end  and it is now down to penalties
England 0-0 Nigeria
Penalties 
Nigeria fail to England on penalties
Penalties  England 4-2 Nigeria