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.


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!!


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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