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Football: Earp's leg display saved England: 'Save the world'

Football: Earp's leg display saved England: 'Save the world'

Fourth-placed England initially faced an easy opener against 53rd-ranked Haiti. But Haiti's bid held up well against the European champions.

In the 17th minute, the match was canceled due to a possible penalty kick after England player Chloe Kelly was fouled by Haiti's Diana Pierre-Louis in the goal area. But after a VAR review, the referee decided not to award a penalty kick, and Pierre-Louis instead received a yellow card.

However, the situation would come soon after. A clear hand case in Haiti's goal area resulted in a penalty kick for England. As has happened so many times before, Georgia Stanway stepped up to the penalty spot. She fired a low shot which Curly Theus managed to save with great delight. Happy Haitian players gathered next to the goal and hugged each other.

Match champion Mary Earp

However, the joy was short-lived. Pictures showed that Curly Theus left the goal line too early and the penalty kick had to be retaken. Georgia Stanway got revenge and made it 1-0 to England.

Haiti was not without chances and had several good chances to equalize. With ten minutes remaining, Roslyn Eloisent made her way into the penalty area and shot, but Mary Earps made an incredible save with her leg.

– One could say he is a world savior, says Viaplay commentator Claes Anderson.

It was ultimately the save that was decisive in England's 1-0 win.

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