Chloe Kelly, an England player, has credited several sessions of penalty practice after she scored the last penalty that saw his country progress to the World Cup quarter-finals after a nervy 0-0 draw with Nigeria.
The Lionesses who are reigning European champions had to endure extra time with ten players after Lauren James was sent off towards the end of 90 minutes for violent conduct.
England started the penalty kick badly as Georgia Stanway missed the first kick, but Bethany England, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, and Kelly converted their spot kicks to ensure a 4-2 win against the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
Kelly who plays for Manchester City in an interview after the match said, “It’s amazing, anything that’s thrown at us we show what we’re capable of.
“We’ve been practising a lot and it’s working.”
England are set to play the winner of the match between Colombia and Jamaica in the last eight of the tournament. The Sarina Wiegman’s side are among the favourites to clinch the Women’s World Cup for the first time.
However, they were fortunate not to join the likes of Germany and the United States in exiting early as Nigeria enjoyed the better of the game and hit the crossbar through Ashleigh Plumptre in the first half.
Kelly added, “This team is special. We keep pushing forward. There is more to come from this special team.”
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