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England 0 Nigeria 0 (4-2 on pens): Lionesses survive scare to reach World Cup quarters after tense shootout & James red | The Sun
CHLOE KELLY became England’s big-game winner once again as she samshed in her spot-kick to help beat Nigeria 4-2 on pens in the World Cup last-16.
Lauren James’ needless red card for stamping on an opponent minutes from the end of normal time saw her side almost come a cropper against the African giants, with the forward now set to miss Saturday's quarter-final.
But the ten-player Lionesses denied the Super Falcons’ from becoming the competition’s latest giant killer, battling their way into the quarter-finals with a gritty shootout triumph.
The victory was their second via pens of recent times following their Women's Finalissima triumph in March.
The result saw Sarina Wiegman’s side, initially boosted by Keira Walsh’s rapid return from a knee injury, strengthen their place as one of the tournament favourites.
But Africa’s highest-ranked team in the contest pushed their opponents all the way with their fearless efforts, urged on by coach Randy Waldrum.
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While Nigeria’s preparations for the tournament have been overshadowed by an unpaid wages row with their federation, their players remained focused on the pitch.
And they came into this game looking unfazed by the challenge of attempting to upset another one of the tournament’s top guns.
After some early forays forward with Georgia Stanway getting into the box in the first minute, the Super Falcons began to settle into the duel, forcing a couple of early corners
And they came close to a 14th-minute opener with Alessia Russo forced to clear Michelle Alozie’s powerful header off the line.
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