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Lizzie Durack was full of smiles but remained modest following her penalty saving heroics in England's 0-0 draw with France in their opening UEFA Under-19 Championship Finals group match.
The Everton goalkeeper gave an outstanding display in helping her side secured a point but she preferred to spread any praise to the rest of the players.
"They [France] came out very strong and in the end we were very resilient and I'm extremely proud of everyone's performance out there," Lizzie told Women's Soccer Scene. "We're content to come out with a draw.
"I think Meaghan Sargeant had a screamer of a game, making tackles left, right and centre, so credit to her and the rest of the girls. I think everybody on the pitch put their body on the line and worked to the very last second and I think that's the reason why we have come away with a clean sheet."
"It's been a bit of a stressful night to say the least, but all I can do is the best I can and try and keep the ball out of the net, and I am happy to have done that tonight along with the rest of the team."
The main point of the match came eight minutes into the second half though, when Lizzie made a fine diving save to her right to keep out Lea Duclercq's penalty. "It's a great moment obviously, it's a bit of a scary thing to have to happen in these sort of games but you just step up and hope you can guess the right way," she said. "Hopefully you can get a good touch to it and I was lucky enough to do that.
"It is a bit of a dream and you just have to concentrate after that, but it's great to make the save for the rest of the team."
Now England will turn their attention to Thursday's second group match against host country Wales, a game that will have a local derby feel to it.
"It's definitely one of the highlights of the tournament to have a local derby, to hopefully have quite a big crowd come down," said Lizzie. "All of the girls are looking forward to it and hopefully there will be a great atmosphere, we're just looking forward to playing our game and trying to get the result we need to progress through."
Meanwhile England coach Mo Marley praised her England players for their determination in earning a valuable point. The French enjoyed more possession but failed to convert this dominance into clear goal chances and Mo believes that is mainly down to her side's refusal to lose their Euro opener.
She said: "I thought it was a very resilient and mature performance. The players held on well under so much pressure. We didn't have a lot of the ball but we made it quite difficult for France to break us down.
"The girls found it really difficult but we're happy with the way things have gone. We're very happy with what we're classing as a big point.
"France got a little bit frustrated at the end and that gave our girls that little bit of confidence to hold on. We never had a lot of the ball but it takes a lot of character and a lot of resilience to keep going when you haven't got the ball.
"Credit to the players, I'm really pleased for them."
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