Women's World Cup: England beat Japan - Ellen White shines
After France and Germany, the English team has won its third group match and underlined its status as a co-favorite for the World Cup title. Against Japan, the team showed a dominant performance and won the Nice 2-0 (1-0) with two goals from Ellen White (14th minute, 84th).
After a hesitant start on both sides, the first chance belonged to the Japanese. Kumi Yokoyama's dangerous free-kick from 25 yards out gave England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley the lead (9). On the opposite side, White made it better: sent by Georgia Stanway in the top, she pushed the ball past Ayaka Yamashita to the English lead into the goal (14).
England then found to more playful dominance, in runner-up Japan, the game construction suffered especially until the break at too many inaccurate passes. Only goalkeeper Yamashita showed a strong performance and kept her team in the game. Shortly after their substitution in the 61st minute Yuika Sugasawa appeared dangerous before the English goal, but was prevented by Steph Houghton with a sting at the end.
The English team was especially unsorted at the end and Japan played more determined to equalize - until the end of the gate. Both Mana Iwabuchi (77.) and Risa Shimizu (78.) spoiled their shots from good positions.
Sovereign made it again White: After submission of the substitute Karen Carney she scored with a shot from the edge of the box their third tournament goal (84) and secured England the victory. Due to the success, the English women move into the round of 16 as first in the group. Japan finished in second place in Group D. Argentina finished third after a dramatic 3: 3 (0: 1) and can still hope to progress.
Japan - England 0: 2 (0: 1)
0: 1 White (14.)
0: 2 White (84.)
Japan: Yamashita - Shimizu, Kumagai, Ichise, Sameshima - Nakajima, Sugita, Kobayashi (61st Miura), Endo - Yokoyama (61st Sugasawa), Iwabuchi
England: Bardsley - Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes-Walsh (72nd Moore), Scott, Stanway (74th Carney) - Daly, White, Duggan (83rd Parris)
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)
Yellow cards: none