For the very first time The Three Lionesses have won all three opening group matches at a FIFA Women's World Cup. They beat a strong Japanese team 2-0 with a brace from Ellen White to advance to the round of sixteen in Valenciennes in North-East France next Sunday. Thei ropponents will be decided today with the probability of either China, New Zealand, or Chile as an opponent.
Four years ago in Edmonton, England lost 2-1 to Japan with an added time o.g. from Laura Bassett but then went on to win third place in a 1-0 victory over Germany, again in Edmonton after extra time. On the way in the play-offs they had beaten Norway 2-1, in Ottawa, hosts Canada at B.C. Place in Vancouver B.C. in front of 54,000 fans.
This March England defeated the Japanese 3-0 in the SheBelieves Cup in USA and in a less than half full Allianz Arena stadium in Nice Japan must regret squandering multiple chances, particularly in the 2nd half when they were in conrtol. Karen Bardsley in top form in goal and the awesome captain Steph Houghton giving a masterful defensive performance with the midfield at sea by the Mediterranean, in humid conditions.
The Riviera Stadium was about a third full when England beat Scotland in their opener but filled up in between when France played there with 36,000 fans.
Scotland and theiir opponents both failed to advance at Parc des Princes after a controvercial 3-3 draw. Referee Ri Hyang-0k of North Korea , who had been in charge of England's third place victory 4 years ago, was in the middle last night in Paris. The Scots were 3-0 up and looking forward to the next round. However, Argentina fought back in the last 15 minutes scoring twice and then the VAR awarded them a penalty in the dying seconds.
Goals from Kim Little, Jen Beattie and Erin Cuthbert appeared to have secured a round of 16 place BUT it was not to be. Sophie Howard's tackle on Aidana Cometti was adjudged a penalty after a very long VAR delay. Alexander saved Bonsegundo's kick but once again VAR came to the Argies rescue. The goalkeeper had moved off the line, and somewhere in a truck far, far away, the decision was to retake the kick and Bonsegundo made no mistake the second time. Scotland qualified for the EUROS two years ago in The Netherlands and now for their first ever World Cup place, so progress has been made north of the border.