Big Penalty Call! England and Nigeria Thrill Brisbane Crowd


Nigeria and England played a thrilling half in their round of 16 match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The first-half ended goalless, but there was a contentious moment when center referee, Melissa Borjas had to overturn a penalty call against Nigeria, after second opinion from VAR.


Melissa Borjas
Referee Melissa Borjas gestures after the Video Assistant Referee to cancel the penalty kick given to England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Both teams created opportunities, and the Super Falcons had more goal attempts (8), three more than the European side.

Randy Waldrum made one change to the first XI that played the last match against Republic of Ireland, opted for a front three of Ifeoma Onumonu, Rasheedat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu – leaving out Asisat Oshoala.

Starting XI

Nnadozie, Ohale, Demehin, Plumptre, Alozie, Ayinde, Ucheibe, Payne, Onumonu, Kanu, Ajibade.


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