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Super Falcons crash out of the FIFA World Cup after losing to England on penalties

In a closely contested encounter, the nine-time African champion displayed remarkable prowess holding the Lionesses to a barren draw after 120 minutes at the Brisbane’s Lang Park, before losing out on a place at the Quarter-finals through penalties.  

In a closely contested encounter, the nine-time African champion displayed remarkable prowess holding the Lionesses to a barren draw after 120 minutes at the Brisbane’s Lang Park, before losing out on a place at the Quarter-finals through penalties.

From the blast of the whistle, the Super Falcons exhibited their mettle by engaging in a dynamic battle against the higher-ranked English team.

The Super Falcons could have gotten in front inside the first quarter-hour when Ashley Plumptre unleashed a powerful shot from 22 yards that rattled the crossbar and was followed by another narrowly missed attempt.

The English ladies also troubled the Super Falcons but the defensive lineup, consisting of Chiamaka Nnadozie as goalkeeper and on-field captain, along with defenders Michelle Alozie, Osinachi Ohale, Oluwatosin Demehin, and Plumptre, displayed tenacity that kept the European champions at bay.

Despite being ranked 36 places behind England, the Super Falcons’ put up a commendable performance against their formidable opponents, putting up brilliant displays across both halves until they were handed a numerical advantage late in the second half when Lauren James was given a red card.

Seizing upon this advantage, the Super Falcons intensified their efforts, though substitute Asisat Oshoala‘s close-range shot was thwarted by goalkeeper Mary Earps.

As the match extended into extra time, the tense atmosphere culminated in a penalty shoot-out.

Both teams exhibited nerves during the initial kicks, with Desire Oparanozie’s effort veering wide to the right of Earps. The Super Falcons’ diligent defender, Michelle Alozie, also encountered an unfortunate miss.

Nevertheless, Ajibade and Ucheibe maintained their composure and found the target for Nigeria.

Chloe Kelly scored the decisive spot-kick after Beth England, Rachel Daly and Alex Greenwood also converted for the European champions.

Ultimately, the Three Lionesses held their ground and secured their place in the quarter-finals with a successful penalty shoot-out that will see them confront the victor of the encounter between Colombia and Jamaica.

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