2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Super Falcons eliminated on penalties in knockout stage

England eliminate Nigeria from 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria failed to book qualification to the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia after losing on penalties to the Lionesses, England on Monday morning.

Nigeria following a stupendous display in the group phase, staged a wonderful feet to make to the knockout stage but had to settle scores with England.

With hopes high for the African continent due to the quality of the Nigeria team, it was still obvious they wouldn’t move pass the round of 16 stage since they were coming up against European champions England. However, the Super Falcons gave a very good account of themselves at the Brisbane Stadium, with Asisat Oshoala leading the attack for the Super Falcons, and Chiamaka Nadozie guiding their backline, England had to suffer alot in defence and attack.

The Africa Giant’s held England to a goalless draw in the 90 minutes, having encounter to stretch to extra time after few chances were recorded from both teams.

In extra time, none could register a goal for all points with Nigeria failing to take charge of numerical advantage of England’s Red card situation. Chelsea attacker Lauren James was shown the exit door after stepping on Michelle Alozie who had tormented her life throughout the clash.

With game travelling to shootouts, England eliminated the Super Falcons after converting four of their slots to win 4-2 on penalties.

England with the victory advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Nigeria on the other hand is the second African team to exit the prestigious tournament after Morocco bid bye on Sunday.

Story Kolog Bonaventure

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