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The Nigerian put up a fantastic performance in her team’s draw with the Galacticos in Thursday’s showdown in Seville
Cristian Toro has praised Toni Payne after his impressive performance with Sevilla in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in a Spanish Primera Iberdrola match at the Jesús Navas Stadium.
The Rojiblancas They had two games without defeat in the top women’s category, after the 3-1 victory at Eibar last Sunday.
To maintain her undefeated form, Payne was drafted into the starting lineup and performed for 80 minutes in her 18th season start.
During her time through Thursday’s game, the Nigerian-American full-back provided great influence for her Seville-based team, as they claimed a vital point at home against Real Madrid.
After Lucía canceled Lorena Navarro’s first game to share the spoils, the coach was excited to see the 25-year-old forward make such an impressive impact defensively in the cautious duel with Real.
“I am happy with the disposition of the team and the collective work,” he said after the game.
“We know that the team that comes to our field has to suffer to win us or to achieve something and today we gave the shape we want as a team, competitive, supportive or effort.
“It is a point that counts for little because of a situation we had, but it has a lot of merit to also know the rival that he was.
“Toni work [Payne] and Carla [Armengol] He helped a lot in defense, it was very important, that’s why also the changes to have fresh people.
“I’m happy because I can’t ask for more from the team that has shown many positive things throughout the season.
It is to congratulate them and continue in this line of wanting to improve the results and also collectively ”.
The tie means Sevilla are eighth on the record with 28 points from 20 games and will face Valencia in their next league game on March 7.
Having won her first call-up in Nigeria, the former US youth international hopes to make her debut for the African champion against Uzbekistan at the Turkish Women’s Cup on February 20.