England is through to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup.
The reigning European champions, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, are still on track to win it all, something that other teams like the United States and Germany can’t say.
Nevertheless, Sarina Wiegman‘s team has had to struggle to do so.
In the round of 16 they faced off against Nigeria and needed a penalty shootout to seal their place in the next round.
Manchester City‘s Chloe Kelly converted the decisive spot-kick, as she was the heroine of the Lionesses yet again.
The Englishwoman previously scored the winning goal in the final of the last European Championship against Germany in the final minutes of extra time.
It seems she’s always in the right spot at the right time.
Kelly surpasses Premier League figures
Kelly, who knows no pressure, scored a penalty that left the goalkeeper (the fifth of the shootout) with little to do.
One that was well placed to the left and very powerful. According to the ‘Daily Mail’, the player’s shot reached 111 km/h.
With that speed, it even beat the top mark when you look at last season’s Premier League.
No goal was as fast as hers. The top figure for the 2022/23 campaign was by West Ham‘s Said Benrahma, whose goal reached 107.2 km/h.
Quarterfinal against Colombia
Wiegman‘s charges will now look forward to their quarter-finals clash against Colombia, one of the surprise outfits of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The match is scheduled for Saturday, August 12.