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Super Falcons and Lionesses battle for quarter-final berth


England and Nigeria are set for a titanic fight for a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 quarter-finals.

After finishing top of Group D with three wins from three, England find themselves up against the Super Falcons who were also unbeaten in the group stage even though they finished behind co-hosts, Australia in Group B.

While many will be quick to pick the Lionesses as the favourites heading into this fixture; especially after ripping China apart 6-1 in their last group game, it is Nigeria that holds the better head-to-head record.

The last time these two sides faced each other was in April 2004 when Nigeria secured a 3-0 win and before that in July 2002 when they beat England 1-0.

Of course, a lot has changed since these two ambitious sides last met hence the past records may not be a pointer to how Monday’s clash will pan out.


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With Randy Waldrum’s ladies raring to go all the way, it would not be surprising if the Super Falcons tame the rampaging Lionesses.

In this winner takes all clash, whoever emerges victorious from this fixture will face the winner of the Colombia vs. Jamaica clash in the quarterfinals on Saturday 12 August.

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Kickoff is 8.30 a.m


With less than one hour to kickoff, both teams have released their official lineups for this Round of 16 clash at the Brisbane Stadium.

The Super Falcons coach has made a big call to bench Asisat Oshoala for the game against England

Nigeria Starting XI: Nnadozie, Plumptre, Ohale, Onumonu, Payne, Ucheibe, Kanu, Demehin, Ajibade, Ayinde, Alozie.


Walsh returns for England

The big talking point is Keira Walsh’s return to the starting XI after limping off in England’s game against Denmark,

England Starting XI: Earps, Bronze, Greenwood, Bright, Carter, Daly, Walsh, Stanway, Hemp, James, Russo.

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It is worth noting that England’s Sarina Wiegman is the only female head coach remaining at the Women’s World Cup after the elimination of South Africa on Sunday, How far can she still go or this is the end of the road for the 53-year-old Dutch Manager


We are getting closer to the kickoff of the Titanic clash between reigning European Queens, England and Nine-Time African Champions, Nigeria


Both teams are now on the tunnel and set to make their way into the pitch.

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The Nigeria and England national anthems being rendered as we get underway for this Round of 16 clash


This is the Super Falcons’ third match in Brisbane while for England, they only played their opening group game at this venue


Kickoff .. England get the game underway!!!


The Lionesses win the first free kick


The Lionesses also win the game’s first corner kick


Nnadozie stretches out to punch the ball


England have a nack for scoring early in their previous games, against Denmark and China, they were already a goal up at this point


Nigeria looking to threaten for the first time but they have been checkmated by the Lionesses


Ajibade with an ambitious cross into the England area and the keeper pushes away for a corner kick to Nigeria


Toni Payne takes it for Nigeria but the England defenders take care of the pressure


15 minutes gone England 0-0 Nigeria


Plumptre with the double chance for Nigeria … Hit the crossbar and forced another save!!


ENGLAND V NIGERIA: HEAD-TO-HEAD

10 June 1995; England 3-2 Nigeria, Women’s World Cup

23 July 2002; England 0-1 Nigeria, friendly, Norwich Stadium,(England)

22 April 2004, England 0-3 Nigeria, friendly, Madejski Stadium, Reading (England)


Russo with a big chance for England after Demehin’s big mistake


Nnadozie with a massive save that ensures its stays England 0-0 Nigeria


Ajibade gifts England a free kick near their box


Nigeria has done well so far not allowing England have enough time on the ball


Greenwood with a corner kick for England


Nnadozie with another crucial save for Nigeria


We are at the half-hour mark .. England 0-0 Nigeria. Both teams have had really good chances to take the lead in this contest


Penalty for England


Ajibade appears to have shoved the England player


VAR check ongoing


Long check by the referee form Honduras


NO PENALTY final verdict


Super Falcons close to scoring again


Plumptre’s header is off the target


Nigeria with eight attempts at goal have been very formidable


England have scored during the first half in each of their last eight FIFA Women’s World Cup matches. Still finding it hard against Nigeria with 40 minutes gone already


Nnadozie spills the ball but her defenders come quick to her rescue


Four minutes added time


Alozie with a brilliant sliding tackle


Heavy touch by Bronze gifts Nigeria a goal kick


Nigeria’s dynamic backline so far has proved resolute.


Half Time: England 0-0 Nigeria


Super Falcons get the second half underway


Kanu hits the crossbar .. second time for Nigeria in this game

Kanu’s looping header at the far post hits the bar and goes behind.


Kanu gets in a good cross into the England box but no connection from her teammates


Ohale gets a warning from the referee as England win a free kick


Still 0-0 after 55 minutes. The match will go into extra time if both teams remain even after 90 minutes


Asisat Oshoala comes in for Onumonu


The Super Falcons denied another great chance as England defend bravely


Super Falcons win a corner kick


Kanu with a header but flashes across the goal


Mary Harps the England goalkeeper presently being attended to medics on the pitch


15 minutes to go plus additional time; England 0-0 Nigeria


Nervy moment for Nigeria but two great saves by Nnadozie keeps Nigeria in it


Free kick for England as they now have the momentum


Nigeria are facing European opposition in the round of 16 for the second time in a row having lost 3-0 to Germany at this stage of the competition in 2019. They are performing far better here today


Orgeda to come in for Kanu


Yellow card for James nasty foul against Alozie


Possible red card for James


Lauren James gets a RED CARD


England make the first change as Alexia Russo makes way for Chloe Kelly


Six minutes added time


Game goes into extra after 90 minutes England 0-0 Nigeria


The first half of extra time is underway in Brisbane


Alozie bundled away in the box but no penalty given to Nigeria


This is only the second time ever the game involving the Super Falcons will drag into extra time at the World Cup


The outcome of the game was Nigeria 3-4 Brazil (quarter-finals)


Great chance missed by Alozie


Coach Randy Waldrum up on his feet to dish out instructions to his players


The Nigerian fans in Brisbane are cheering the Super Falcons on


100 minutes of football action … England 0-0 Nigeria


The Lionesses haven’t done badly since losing James to a red card


A minute to be added to the first half of extra time


Half time of Extra Time : England 0-0 Nigeria


Second half extra time underway: 15 minutes away from a possible penalty shoot-out between England and Nigeria


Super Falcons look more threatening in the early exchanges here


Oparanozie is set to come in for Nigeria

Toni Payne makes way for Desire Oparanozie who is making it to the World Cup for the fourth time


Oshoala with tame effort on target but the England goalkeeper makes a cool save


Walsh off for Zalem as England make another change


Three minutes added time as the game is inching towards a penalty shootout


The game is going into penalties… After 120 minutes of action, it remains England 0-0 Nigeria


England with the first kick… Stanway misses!!


Desire Oparanozie takes for Super Falcons… SHE MISSES IT


Second kick Perth England scores …. England 1-0 Nigeria


Second kick for Nigeria .. Alozie plays wide


Third kick … England scores 2-0 Nigeria


Ajibade plays the third kick and scores… England 2-1 Nigeria


Greenwood takes the fourth kick…and scores England 3-1 Nigeria


Christian Ucheibe with the fourth kick .. scores England 3-2 Nigeria


Decisive kick for England and she scores


England through to the quarter-final stage England 4-2 Nigeria


Super Falcons are unconsolable as they missed the chance to become the first African team to win a Round of 16 tie at the World Cup. Poor kicks by Oparanozie and Alozie proves very costly


England will face either Jamaica or Colombia in the quarter-final


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