Michelle Alozie: Super Falcons Star Forgives Lauren James After Brutal Foul During England Game

Michelle Alozie: Super Falcons Star Forgives Lauren James After Brutal Foul During England Game

Lukman Mumuni
updated at August 8, 2023 at 11:44 AM
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  • Michelle Alozie has broken her silence on the Lauren James incident
  • The Super Falcons defender was stamped on by the England winger
  • The Lionesses won on penalties to progress in the Women's World Cup

Super Falcons defender, Michelle Alozie, has brushed off the foul by the Lionesses' Lauren James during their Women's World Cup round of 16 match on Monday in Brisbane.

The Chelsea winger was sent off for deliberately stamping on the Nigerian defender in the 84th minute of the knockout game.

England managed to advance to the next round via a penalty shootout victory, despite playing the rest of the game with a numerical disadvantage.

Michelle Alozie, Nigeria, Super Falcons, Lauren James
Michelle Alozie has finally reacted to Lauren James' tackle. Credit: @FIFAWWC @Alozieee
Source: Twitter

Alozie, a revelation at the World Cup, nullified the England star during the game and with frustration building, James committed the foul in a moment of sheer hotheadedness.

Despite the stamp she received, the American-born Nigerian has forgiven the Chelsea winger.

"A beg, rest. We are playing on the world’s stage. This game is one of passion, insurmountable emotions, and moments. All respect for Lauren James," she wrote on Twitter after the game.

Alozie missed one of her country's spot kicks as England progressed on a 4-2 aggregate, ending the Super Falcons' impressive run at the Women's World Cup.

The Lionesses will now face Colombia, who beat Jamaica in another of the quarter-final fixtures, as reported by The Guardian.

Alozie inspired by Balotelli's boots

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Super Falcons defender, Alozie calling Mario Balotelli her inspiration for the different-coloured boots she wears during matches.

The American-born has been one of Nigeria's best players of the 2023 Women's World Cup, starring for the Super Falcons as they reached the tournament knockouts.

According to Alozie, Balotelli has been her favourite footballer since her college soccer days and she began mismatching her boots as a shout-out to the forward.

Nnadozie reacts to England defeat

Meanwhile, Super Falcons captain, Chiamaka Nnadozie remains positive despite Nigeria's elimination in the Round of 16 of the Women's World Cup.

Nigeria was booted out of the global competition after a penalty shootout defeat to European champions, England, on Monday morning in Brisbane.

Nnadozie, who kept three clean sheets as the country's goalkeeper, admitted to her team's disappointment at not progressing to the quarter-final.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.