Chloe Kelly praised England as a ‘special team’ as she as soon as once more proved to be the match winner by scoring the decisive penalty in a World Cup shoot-out victory over Nigeria.
The European champions had been second finest for a lot of their final 16 battle, with their probabilities of victory hampered by a late pink card for Lauren James following an pointless stamp on Michelle Alozie.
After a goalless 120 minutes, Georgia Stanway fired the primary penalty of the shoot-out large for England, just for each Desire Oparanozie and Alozie to overlook the goal with their efforts.
With everybody else profitable from the spot, it was as much as Kelly to punch the successful penalty emphatically, following her winner in further time within the European Championship ultimate final summer season and the decisive penalty in a shoot-out victory over Brazil within the ultimate. Finalissima in April.
“No, definitely not, it’s the team,” she informed BBC Sport when requested if she was the competitors winner once more.
Chloe Kelly scored the decisive penalty kick because the Lionesses defeated Nigeria in a penalty shoot-out
England have superior to the final eight of the World Cup, the place they’ll face Jamaica or Colombia
“This team is special, we did it in the European Championship, we did it in the Finalissima, we’re here again tonight and doing it; we keep moving forward and more is coming from this special team.
“It’s great, whatever is presented to us, we show what we are capable of.
‘We dig deep, we dig deep as a group, we believe in our abilities; we believe first and foremost in what we are commanded to do.’
Asked what was going through her mind as she walked over to take her penalty, the Manchester City striker replied: “For me it’s ‘I’m going to score’ – that’s how I look at it, if I win that mental battle we are good.
“We actually practiced a lot (penalties) and it works.”