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Super Falcons crash out of Women’s World Cup

The Lionesses had Lauren James sent off late on in normal time.

But they saw out extra time before prevailing in a tense shootout as Chloe Kelly sent her team through to a meeting with Colombia or Jamaica.

Nigeria came close to taking the lead when Ashleigh Plumptre’s left-footed shot from the edge of the area crashed off the bar.

She then saw Mary Earps save a follow-up effort after England had failed to clear.

The Lionesses thought they were going to have a chance from the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark.

This was following Rasheedat Ajibade’s challenge on Rachel Daly but the referee changed her decision following a VAR review.

Uchenna Kanu headed wide from a corner in the second half before Nigeria goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie produced a fine reaction save to keep out the unmarked Daly’s header from a corner.

James was sent off with three minutes remaining following a VAR review after standing on Michelle Alozie as she got up following a tussle between the two.

Extra time failed to produce a goal before Kelly scored the decisive penalty in the shootout after Nigeria had failed to hit the target with their first two spot-kicks. (NAN)

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