Women’s World Cup: England beat Japan to finish top of Group D


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England beat Japan 2-0 to high their neighborhood

England face a really handy draw in the Girls’s World Cup final 16 after they beat 2011 winners Japan to manufacture high of Group D thanks to 2 Ellen White targets.

Lionesses boss Phil Neville reputedly took a ****** by making eight adjustments to the aspect that beat Argentina in the 2nd neighborhood recreation.

Nonetheless in White, who returned to the aspect, they’ve a finisher of loyal class as she scored her thirtieth and thirty first England targets both aspect of the fracture from suave through balls.

England amassed stuttered taking half in out from the encourage in opposition to the 2015 finalists, who beat the Lionesses in the semi-finals four years prior to now.

Kumi Yokoyama’s early 35-yard free-kick used to be tipped onto the bar by Karen Bardsley whereas Japan took snatch a watch on of midfield and peppered England’s aim as Neville’s aspect suffered one more 2nd-half of dip.

Nonetheless they’ll also no longer get the decisive contact and carried out 2nd in the neighborhood, where they’ll now face the winners of Group E, which entails the Netherlands and Canada.

England will face a reputedly more uncomplicated job – in the next spherical as a minimal – as they scuttle to Valenciennes on Sunday to play a simplest third-placed group, that will likely be one of China, Unique Zealand, Cameroon, Chile or Thailand.

Alternatively, topping the neighborhood does poke away England in the half of of the draw containing hosts France and potentially the holders the US.

Stanway and Daly offer encouraging cameos to White’s starring position

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‘What a fabricate!’ – White rankings England’s opener

England began their World Cup campaign well by successful their opening two video games for the indispensable time, yet there had been questions about their link play in assault with Fran Kirby initiating in the number 10 boom.

Georgia Stanway, who used to be making her first World Cup commence up, changed the Chelsea forward but straight away regarded at dwelling by firing in two trademark photographs, which were saved, previous to a suave through ball which allowed White to slot previous Ayaka Yamashita.

White, who will link up with Stanway at Manchester City having joined the club final month, also scored the outlet aim in opposition to Japan in England’s final neighborhood recreation of the 2011 World Cup, which they won previous to shedding to France in the final eight.

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White will get the 2nd England indispensable with a aloof fabricate

Rachel Daly impressed no topic initiating in an irregular position on the unbiased fly in set apart of living of Nikita Parris.

Whereas she is no longer really to substitute the now Lyon forward in England’s final-16 recreation, she used to be beefy of working and complemented Lucy Bronze on England’s unbiased-hand aspect.

White’s 2nd came after Stanway’s replacement, Karen Carney, slipped the ball through for the forward’s third aim of the tournament.

It proved how indispensable the 30-one year-feeble will likely be as England aim to head one greater than their third-set apart of living fabricate four years prior to now.

Japan steal revenue of England’s ‘stand-amassed football’

In the indispensable half of, England impressed on the counter-assault and in the final third, but they amassed confirmed signs of struggling to play their manner out from the encourage at instances, and in addition yielded possession too simply after the fracture.

Neville has warned of taking half in ‘stand-amassed football’ previous to, and it practically designate them early on after Keira Wash gave the ball away, allowing Yokoyama to shoot over.

The Japanese forward used to be extra staunch after eight minutes when her 35-yard free-kick used to be beautifully tipped onto the bar by Bardsley, who returned to the aspect after lacking out in opposition to Argentina.

Japan, who lost 3-0 to England in the SheBelieves Cup in March, were typically extra creative in midfield, but lacked the reducing edge that England provided.

Substitute Yuika Sugasawa twice came closest to an equaliser, firstly set apart when she stretched to fulfill a left-fly notorious but poked inches wide with Bardsley struggling to duvet.

Bardsley then made a fabulous final-ditch keep to boom Sugasawa as soon as extra.

Even if England will must tighten up in midfield, and maintain a lot to work on, in White and Bardsley they as a minimal maintain two players at primarily the foremost ends of the pitch on high accumulate.

Player of the match – Ellen White (England)

Three photographs, two no longer off tune and two targets – an remarkable demonstrate from the England forward. Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley deserves a show on yarn of her wonderful keeping saved Japan at bay.

‘A pair of players obtained a minute bit tired’

England manager Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 Reside:“The goal previous to the game used to be to remove the game, derive the three wins and high the neighborhood – we now maintain carried out that.

“We wanted this recreation I guess to maintain a assorted check and we obtained that. A pair of of our play in the indispensable half of used to be wonderful, but in the 2nd half of a pair of of the players that per chance hadn’t carried out as remarkable obtained a minute bit bit tired. Alternatively it be job carried out and we’re having a be aware forward to the final 16.

“We fabricate no longer must snatch out remarkable work [on our sloppy passing] we apt must steal care with our straightforward passes and are searching to realize it tight. My skilled players Stephanie Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Karen Bardsley did well and Ellen White is banging them in so it be a blissful home.

“[White and Jodie Taylor] maintain scored four targets between them in three video games. I love it when my centre-forwards are scoring targets.”

Japan coach Asako Takakura:“England are a for sure excellent group, very remarkable. Their assault used to be very like a flash and we were searching to reply to that. We conceded a aim in the indispensable half of thanks to an error, and then we backed off a minute bit thanks to that.

“Nonetheless in the 2nd half of we did arrange to function our composure but sadly we couldn’t rating. Then, again, England scored. We managed to derive through to the knockout stage and the issues we can also amassed function were outlined in our previous suits.”

Scott equals Shilton’s yarn – stats

  • England, who now growth as Group D winners, maintain won all three of their neighborhood stages suits at the Girls’s World Cup for the indispensable time.
  • England maintain now won every of their 5 final neighborhood stage video games at the Girls’s World Cup – the Lionesses are primarily the most fascinating aspect to maintain carried out at multiple tournaments and retain a 100% remove ratio.
  • Japan maintain lost a neighborhood stage match at the Girls’s World Cup for the indispensable time in six video games, since they also lost to England 2-0 in 2011. Alternatively, the Japanese went on to remove that tournament, beating the US on penalties in the final.
  • Simplest Fara Williams (5) has netted extra Girls’s World Cup targets for England than White, whose 2nd aim tonight used to be her fourth for the Lionesses in World Cups.
  • Jill Scott equalled Peter Shilton’s yarn for primarily the most appearances by an England participant in Fifa World Cup suits (17).
  • In conjunction with the eight they made tonight, England maintain made 12 adjustments to their initiating XI at the 2019 Girls’s World Cup, primarily the most of any nation at the opponents up to now.

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