Breaking: Nigeria Out, England Triumphs in Penalty Shootout

After an intense 120 minutes of football action, England emerged victorious against Nigeria’s Super Falcons following a dramatic penalty shootout.

Football is about results and not necessarily performances; otherwise, the Super Falcons should have advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s World Cup tournament. But England progressed despite the scare from a very determined and compact Nigerian team, who will be wondering how they failed to make it through to the quarterfinals.

The Super Falcons twice hit the woodwork through Ashleigh Plumptre and then Kanu. We were the much better side even before England’s top striker, Lauren James, was shown the red card for a peevish stamp on Alozie late in regulation time. And the Lionesses of England would consider themselves lucky to have escaped defeat, no thanks to the profligacy of the Super Falcons.

Mary Earps: Goalkeeper, Lioness of England. Photo credit: Getty Images

Mary Earps reacts

“I think Nigeria played really, really well. I don’t think we were at our best, and then we went down to 10, and it was a really tough game for us. But I’m just buzzing that we got the job done.”

Coming into this game, most pundits gave Nigeria little or no chance against the Lioness of England, given their devastating form so far in this tournament.  And they are the European Champions!

Randy Waldrum, Head Coach, Super Falcons of Nigeria

Wuldrum and his team put up a very good fight and gave a very decent display worthy of applause. Considering the level of preparedness of the team ahead of this tournament, Nigeria has done far and above expectations. They also won Australia, the co-Host of the tournament, against all predictions.

Though they lost, they held their own against one of the very best teams in world football. Well done, Super Falcons!

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