In a tense round of 16 games at the Brisbane Stadium in Australia, Nigeria’s journey in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup came to an end after losing 4-2 to England on penalties. The match ended goalless in both regular and extra time, leading to a penalty shoot-out.
European champions England secured their spot in the quarter-finals with Chloe Kelly scoring the decisive winning kick. It was a hard-fought victory for the Lionesses, especially after having Lauren James sent off during normal time.
England’s victory propels them to the next stage of the competition, where they will face either Colombia or Jamaica in the quarter-finals. For Nigeria, their World Cup campaign has concluded, but they put up a strong fight in their journey through the tournament.