FIFA U-20 Women's WC Chile 2008

FIFA U-20 Women's WC Chile 2008

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2008

England through at the death

New Zealand's Katie Hoyle (R) vies for the ball with Jessica Clarke of England.
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It was the latest of late goals, but it counted. Toni Duggan's equaliser in the last minute of injury time put England into the quarter-finals of Chile 2008 at the expense of their opponents, New Zealand.

New Zealand took the lead on 27 minutes when Sarah McLaughlin received the ball 25 yards from goal, advanced, and slammed in a low shot which buried itself in the far corner of Rebecca Spencer's net. The England keeper had no chance of saving the strike.

England went into the ascendancy from then on, but New Zealand's tight marking in midfield meant that the Young Lionesses had few genuine chances. Twelve minutes into the second period, a fine run and shot from Toni Duggan brought an equally good save from Charlotte Wood in the New Zealand goal.

On 71 minutes, the Kiwis were reduced to ten when captain Katie Hoyle was dismissed for her second bookable offence. Not surprisingly, England surged forward from that point on, giving it everything in the search for the equaliser.

After three good chances near the end, for Remi Allen, Rachel Williams and Duggan, it was England's No7 who finally broke Kiwi hearts. Wriggling her way inside the New Zealand box, Duggan let fly with a cross-shot from 16 yards, which flew into the top right-hand corner of the New Zealand net to send England into the last eight.

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