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Kirby Sends England Into Quarter-Finals

18 October 2017

Palace development midfielder Nya Kirby converted the winning spot-kick to send England into the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup as they beat Japan on penalties.

Having come on as a 78th minute substitute for his third appearance of the championships in India, Kirby helped the Three Lions secure a goalless draw to set up the shootout, with England converting all five of their kicks to win 5-3.

The crucial moment came after Manchester City goalkeeper Curtis Anderson saved Japan's penultimate spot-kick before scoring his own, allowing Kirby the chance to send his side into the last eight.

Despite playing in front of over 53,000 people, he delivered with his fine penalty clipping the base of the post before beating the Japanese goalkeeper to spark wild celebrations.

Next up for England is the USA on Saturday night, who clinched their spot in the quarters by thrashing Paraguay 5-0, with Timothy Weah, son of former Ballon d'Or winner George, helping himself to a hat-trick.

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