Super Falcons of Nigeria bow out from the World Cup following their poor penalty shoot against the Three Lioness of England. Nigeria failed to beat 10 Women England after 120 vigorous encounters.
European Champions England will face the winner between Colombia and Jamaica for the last four spots.
The first half finished on a high note for Nigeria which held the European Champions to a stalemate at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. An English player was brought down in the 16-yard box of Nigeria, a penalty was almost awarded against Nigeria but the was overturned after referee Borjas consulted the VAR. An impactful first half with loads of missed chances was controlled by the Lioness who had 60% ball possession over Falcona who managed 40%. Nigeria had more goal attempts.
Nigeria’s resilience in the second half continued against the Three Lions with 6 goal attempts in 85 minutes. Coach Randy Waldrum in the 58 minutes Oshoala came in for Onumonu, and in the 81 minutes, Ordega replaced Kanu. Lauren James red-carded just 5 minutes full-time. After full-time, 6 minutes of extra time was added while the game ended in a stalemate in the first half.
Thirty Minutes extra minutes:
Nigeria took over the possession of both halves of the extra minutes posing a threat to the European Champions. The extra minutes ended in a stalemate and now will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Aparanozie and Alozie missed from the spot kick – a feat that sent the Falcons out of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.