The awful miskick that summed up the gulf in class between Latvia and England

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England Women v Latvia

England women’s national team secured a resounding 20-0 victory against a poor Latvian team in a World Cup qualifier here at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday.

The England team registered the biggest win in its history, which included ten different goal scorers, four of them scoring a hat trick each.

Ellen White was one among those who bagged a hat-trick, raising her goals tally to 48, surpassing Kelly Smith’s previous record of 46 international goals.

While a lot of plaudits for the victory deservingly went to the Lionesses, lacklustre performance on the part of Latvian players did not go unnoticed.

A tragic yet innocuous miskick by Laura Siņutkina, the Latvian goalkeeper, in the dying minutes of the game is a case in point.

Perhaps the embarrassment of conceding 20 goals weighed heavily on the shot-stopper’s mind. With a minute remaining, the goalkeeper tried kicking the deal ball to a target area but ended up seriously miskicking it, and the ball went out of bounds in altogether a different trajectory, adding more to the night’s embarrassment.

Fans did not let the moment go unobserved as videos of the mishap soon began circulation online, some users sympathizing with the keeper while others were not so kind in conveying their sentiments.

Siņutkina’s lapse of concentration pretty much summed up a dreadful night for Latvia as they seemed poised for a defeat right from the outset, looking uninspired and flat.

Latvia remains at the bottom of Group D, having lost all their five qualifiers so far and conceding as many as 46 goals in total.

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