White leads England to victory, Scotland suffer World Cup heartache

Ross Houston
June 23, 2019

England have taken an early lead against Japan at the Women's World Cup as they bid to finish top of their group.

Scotland, which had been on the verge of winning a Women's World Cup match for the first time, could not muster a threat in the remaining stoppage time and finished last in Group D at 0-3.

"But we got another clean sheet, won another game and we've played three and won three".

We do like to play with a certain style, and I think in the second half because we were so open and just a little bit tired, we probably got exposed a little bit.

Neville, who had made four changes for the match before, said when asked what he might do for the last 16: "It depends on what team we are we playing".

"We can use all 23 players so that's exciting and it's just great to have such talented players that can perform on the biggest stage". Kumi Yokoyama lined up a 35-yard free kick and sent a fizzing effort heading towards the top corner only for the Manchester City goalkeeper to fling herself to her right and make a fine diving save.

"We played well for 90 minutes against Argentina, we played well for 78 minutes against Scotland and today there were glimpses, but with seven changes we probably didn't get the control we wanted in the first half and the start of the second half".

Soon after, England were in front, the impressive Stanway playing a ball in behind for White to fire past the advancing Japanese goalkeeper, Ayaka Yamashita.

"You talk about the best keepers in the world, and we've seen some brilliant ones in this competition, she's up there in the top three for me". But the Matildas bounced back superbly, with star forward Sam Kerr inspiring them to a 3-2 comeback in that second match and then a convincing 4-1 rout of Jamaica in the final game.

He added on Stanway: "She is incredible".

"She's going to be one of the best players in world football if she keeps her feet on the ground, keeps working hard, and keeps listening to coaches". England coach Phil Neville made eight changes to the team who beat Argentina but it did not cause too much disruption as they dominated a Japan side lacking a cutting edge in attack.

And England did perhaps lack fluidity at times, with Toni Duggan and Demi Stokes, who were making their first appearances of the tournament, struggling to get into the game. "We need to be very prepared (for the last 16)", Takakura said.

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