Tuesday 23 July 2019

England ease through to last 16 with Group D victory over Japan, while Argentina deny Scots in late drama

England 2-0 Japan; Scotland 3-3 Argentina

England's scorer Ellen White, front, and her team-mates celebrate the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group D match at the Stade de Nice, France. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
England's scorer Ellen White, front, and her team-mates celebrate the opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group D match at the Stade de Nice, France. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Phil Medlicott

England finished their Women's World Cup Group D matches in top spot and with a 100 per cent record after Ellen White's brace steered them to a 2-0 win against Japan in Nice.

The Lionesses, who had already qualified for the last 16 and needed to avoid defeat to win the group, went ahead just before the quarter-hour mark through White's cool finish following good work by Georgia Stanway.

White then slotted in her second, and third of the tournament, with six minutes of normal time remaining having been teed up by substitute Karen Carney.

Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita made a number of fine saves during the contest at the Allianz Riviera, after her counterpart Karen Bardsley had done well to tip a Kumi Yokoyama free-kick onto the bar in ninth minute.

Scotland's Jenny Beattie scores her side's second goal of the game during the Women's World Cup Group D win over Argentina at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Scotland's Jenny Beattie scores her side's second goal of the game during the Women's World Cup Group D win over Argentina at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

Phil Neville's England will now face a third-placed finisher in the next round - either China (Group B), or Cameroon or New Zealand (Group E), or Chile or Thailand (Group F).

Their opponents will be determined on Thursday when Groups E and F conclude, and the match will take place on Sunday in Valenciennes.

Meanwhile, Scotland threw away a two-goal lead in the other group game as they were held 3-3 by Argentina to be knocked out of the tournament.

The Scots had lead through a 19th minute Kim Little strike and two second half goals had the Scots sitting comfortably.

However, goals from Milagros Menendez, an own goal by Scottish goalkeeper Lee Alexander and an injury-time penalty from Florencia Bonsegeundo sealed a 3-3 draw.

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