Fans revel in Lucy Bronze's tactics prior to missed penalty

Fans claim Lucy Bronze ‘got in the head’ of Jennifer Hermoso prior to her missed penalty and laud the England full-back’s ‘mind games’ in World Cup final

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Fans have praised the mind games played by Lucy Bronze prior to Jennifer Hermoso’s missed penalty in the World Cup final.

England trailed 1-0 after Olga Carmona’s opener, before Keira Walsh was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. 

Hermoso was readying herself for the spot-kick and, as she was doing so, was met by a chirpy Bronze who protested the placement of the ball on the spot.

The England full-back was adamant that Hermoso had put the ball too far forward and, after raising the issue with the referee, had the ball placed further back.

And it was to the joy of England fans back at home, who shared their thoughts on the matter via social media shortly afterwards. 

Fans have praised the mind games on display from England full-back Lucy Bronze

Bronze argued that Jennifer Hermoso’s (No. 10) penalty was not placed on the spot correctly

Bronze’s debating eventually saw Hermoso miss the crucial spot-kick against England

One fan said: ‘Lucy Bronze great work annoying the penalty taker. Got in her head. Earps did move off her line b4 the pen was taken mind.’

‘Lucy Bronze is the reason why that penalty was missed. Brilliant stuff,’ another wrote. 

‘How was Lucy Bronze not booked for her antics before that penalty’, one fan asked – with laughing emojis accompanying the message. 

‘Full marks to Lucy Bronze for delaying the Spain penalty for as long as possible. A team that’s up for it should never be letting the opposition just get on with taking a pen,’ one user wrote.

Another supporter took a slightly different tone, as she said: ‘Lucy Bronze would hold your hair when you’re puking in the toilet after a night on the toon and I really love her for that’. 

Bronze’s antics helped put Hermoso off her game and resulted in the Spain star sending her shot into the grasp of England’s Mary Earps. 

Fans were quick to heap praise on Bronze for her antics in the build-up to the penalty

Spain took the lead in the match in the first-half after Real Madrid’s Olga Carmona struck to open the scoring in Australia.  

The Spanish full-back gave her side the lead in the 29th minute of the match after driving forward and placing a shot in the bottom corner of the goal.

As she wheeled away in celebration, the 23-year-old lifted up her shirt to reveal a message written on her compression top. 

It’s now been revealed, via a post on Twitter, that her the message read: ‘Merchi’ and was dedicated to Carmona’s former school – Colegio Mercedes.

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