England scraped through to the quarter-finals of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup after a 4-2 penalty win over Nigeria in the last 16.
The European defending champions took control of the ball possession from the outset, showcasing their impeccable passing and creative attacking plays. Nigeria, on the other hand, proved to be a formidable force, pressing relentlessly and taking multiple shots at the goal, challenging England’s defense at every opportunity.
The first half of the match witnessed some heart-stopping moments, with both teams coming close to scoring the goals. England’s goalkeeper, Mary Earps, made a series of spectacular saves that defied Nigeria’s attempts to find the back of the net.
However, fate took an unexpected turn when Lauren James received a red card for stepping on the back of Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie. Despite playing with only ten players, England did not concede ,Instead, they battled through extra time with unwavering resilience.
As England now looks forward to the quarter-finals, the excitement is high. They’re expected to face Colombia or Jamaica in their next match as the Super Falcons heads out of the championship.