The Super Falcons of Nigeria have crashed out of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Super Falcons, despite their excellent display holding the Lionesses to a barren draw after 120 minutes, lost out 4-2 on penalty kicks
Missed kicks by Desire Oparonize and Michelle Alozie proved costly as England held their nerve to win their first penalty shoot-out game in the World Cup.
The Super Falcons were handed a numerical advantage late in the second half when their star player Lauren James was given a red card.
The Super Falcons ranked 40th in the World started the game with respect for the reigning European champions.
The best chance of the first half came in when Ashleigh Plumptre’s thunderous effort from outside the box hit the crossbar.
England had their first chance of the game as poor defending from Oluwatosin Demehin presented Alessia Russo with a good shooting opportunity that was saved by Chiamaka Nnadozie.
There was a penalty given to England as the center referee pointed to the spot citing Rasheedat Ajibade shoved Rachel Daly.
After a VAR check, the decision was overturned as the Super Falcons continued to be compact for the rest of the half.
To start the second half, the Super Falcons produced another glorious chance as Uchenna Kanu’s header hit the crossbar from a cross by Ajibade.
The Super Falcons began to push more bodies forward and Kanu had another chance wide from a corner.
In the 85th minute, Chelsea star Lauren James was shown a red card for stamping on Michelle Alozie.
Despite the red card, England continued to push up searching for a goal before the end of the duration.
The game would proceed to extra time as both sides were unable to score a goal at the end of 90 minutes.
Despite having a player advantage, the Super Falcons were unable to create much in extra time, Alozie and Oshoala wasted half chances.