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Toni Duggan scored a brilliant equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time to send England into the quarter finals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
The Everton striker conjured up a late, late goal to earn England a 1-1 draw against New Zealand in Santiago after it looked as though they would be heading out of the tournament. Instead they will take on the United States in the last eight on Sunday.
New Zealand went straight on the attack from the kick off and almost went in front inside the opening ten seconds as Rosie White fired a shot narrowly off target.
England were finding it hard to get going at this stage despite enjoying a lot of possession, their best chances coming from two well executed corners from Claire Rafferty, Steph Houghton going close with a header.
There was an escape for England as an incorrect offside decision halted Sarah McLaughlin as she broke through on goal. However barely a minute later, the same player picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, the England defence backed off and McLaughlin drove a low shot under the dive of Rebecca Spencer and into the corner of the net.
With news coming through that Nigeria were beating Chile, England needed to get back on terms in order to have things under control again but they struggled to cope with the surface and passes were often overhit.
New Zealand were content to sit back on their lead after the break and England pressed forward but still found it hard to find a way through. Toni Duggan almost provided one with a strong run and shot which was well saved by Charlotte Wood.
However England's hopes were given a boost with twenty minutes remaining as New Zealand captain Katie Hoyle, who had been booked a few minutes before, made a reckless challenge on Duggan and was shown a second yellow card.
England surged forward but frustrations grew as it seemed the goal would not come. A Dani Buet free kick was inches away from reaching Rachel Williams and, from another excellent Rafferty corner, Natasha Dowie headed powerfully against the bar.
England looked to have strong claims for a penalty as Wood appeared to upend Duggan in the area but a free kick the other way was awarded instead. Remi Allen shot straight at Wood following a good run and exchange of passes with Duggan whilst Williams and Duggan both drilled shots just past the post.
The game looked to be up for England but they were to come up with a stunning blow deep into stoppage time. Duggan produced another run and battled past a challenge as well as Jade Moore before unleashing an unstoppable shot which flew into the top corner of the net and sparked wild celebrations from the whole England squad.
There was no time for New Zealand to respond to the goal and the joy and relief on the England players' faces was clear to see at the final whistle.
England: Rebecca Spencer, Chelsea Weston, Claire Rafferty, Dani Buet, Fern Whelan (sub Jade Moore 89mins), Steph Houghton, Toni Duggan (sub Becky Hall 90mins), Remi Allen, Natasha Dowie, Brooke Chaplen (sub Rachel Williams 56mins), Jessica Clarke. Subs not used: Ashley Baker, Helen Alderson, Sophie Bradley, Gilly Flaherty, Kerys Harrop, Michelle Hinnigan, Sophie Walton.
New Zealand: Charlotte Wood, Caitlin Campbell (sub Grace Vincent 69mins), Anna Green, Katie Hoyle, Bridgette Armstrong, Abby Erceg, Elizabeth Milne, Betsy Hassett, Rosie White (sub Merissa Smith 90mins), Sarah McLaughlin (sub Renee Leota 60mins), Hannah Wall. Subs not used: Victoria Esson, Rebekah Brook, Annalie Longo, Chelsey Wood, Briony Fisher, Nicole Stratford.
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