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Tue, Aug 8, 2023 12:10 PM

England Edges Nigeria to Reach Women's World Cup Quarterfinals

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England Edges Nigeria to Reach Women's World Cup Quarterfinals
England overcame a potential upset against Nigeria in the round of 16 match at the Women's World Cup with a 0-0 draw through regulation and extra time. Despite being down to 10 players after star forward Lauren James received a red card, England won the penalty shootout 4-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. The English team, plagued by injuries and setbacks, showed resilience and adaptability as they continue their campaign in Sydney.

England faced a challenging round of 16 match against Nigeria at the Women's World Cup in Brisbane, Australia. The European champions were on the verge of an upset and elimination when star forward Lauren James received a red card in the 87th minute. Despite the setback, England managed to hold on through regulation and extra time, with the match ending in a goalless draw.

The match took a dramatic turn as James was initially shown a yellow card by referee Melissa Borjas after a collision with Nigeria's Michelle Alozie. However, after a VAR (Video Assistant Referee) review, the yellow card was upgraded to a red card. This means that James will miss at least the upcoming quarterfinal and a potential semifinal.

The incident evoked memories of David Beckham's red card in the 1998 World Cup when he kicked out at Argentina's Diego Simeone. The British media drew comparisons between the two moments, highlighting the impact of James' absence on England's title hopes.

In the face of numerous challenges, England's coach Sarina Wiegman praised her team for their ability to adapt. The team has been plagued by injuries to senior players, and the loss of James presented an additional hurdle. Wiegman commended her players for their resilience and problem-solving skills, saying, "Today, we got totally tested on those turned stones."

Despite their struggles, England emerged as the victors in the penalty shootout, winning 4-2 and securing their spot in the quarterfinals. The team's next challenge will be either Colombia or Jamaica, with the match scheduled to take place in Sydney next Saturday.

Meanwhile, hosts Australia also advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing 2-0 victory over Denmark at Stadium Australia. The Australian team will face either France or Morocco in their next match.

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