England advance to Women's World Cup

 The game took an unfortunate turn in the 87th minute when England's Lauren James displayed frustration by stamping on Michelle Alozie's back after losing possession. Following a VAR review, James was shown a red card, leaving England to navigate the remaining time, including extra time, with only 10 players.

Nigeria proved to be a formidable opponent, executing their game plan brilliantly. They frustrated the English side, launching dangerous counterattacks, and dominating duels. Nigeria came close to scoring twice, hitting the crossbar in both halves. First, Ashleigh Plumptre's powerful drive ricocheted off the woodwork, and later, Uchenna Kanu's header bounced off the top of the bar after looping over goalkeeper Mary Earps.

England faced their own challenges, with a penalty appeal in the first half being overturned by VAR when Rachel Daly claimed a push by Rasheedat Ajibade. The Lionesses struggled to find their usual rhythm and fluidity, which was evident in their previous strong performance against China. However, they displayed resilience and determination to hold on during normal times, ultimately securing the victory through a nail-biting penalty shootout.

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