England's Lionesses have made it into the next stage of the World Cup following a nail-biting match against Nigeria, which had viewers on the edge of their seats as they waited to see who would prove victorious.
The match went to penalties after the match ended 0-0, with England then selling their spot in the last eight of the World Cup and making it into the quarter-final.
Chloe Kelly scored the winning spot-kick as England clinched the shoot-out 4-2.
Earlier in the match England's Lauren James, who was the star of the Lionesses’ group-stage matches with three goals and three assists, was sent off in the 87th minute after receiving a red card.
The 21-year-old forward was initially shown a yellow card before VAR intervened, referee Melissa Borjas watched the incident back pitchside and it was changed to a red, leaving England with 10 players for extra time.
Lauren and her fellow attackers had been effectively stifled by the Nigerian defence, while limited England chances included Alessia Russo and Rachel Daly being denied by Chiamaka Nnadozie, and the European champions also had a first-half penalty award for a challenge on Daly overturned via VAR.
Meanwhile, Nigeria had gone closer to breaking the deadlock, twice hitting the bar, through Ashleigh Plumptre in the first half and Uchenna Kanu in the second.
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