England all but secured a spot in the round of 16 stage of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup after defeating Denmark 1-0 at the Football Stadium in Sydney.
After just 6 minutes on the clock, the European champions took the lead. In her first Women’s World Cup appearance and first start, Lauren James’ stunning strike from outside the box calmed any nerves harboured by those supporting the Lioness.
Sarina Weigman’s Lioness from there on were in control of the game and should have added more. Despite England’s dominance, Denmark occasionally got into positions were they could harm England but fell short when it mattered.
England’s perfect start to their second game suffered a huge loss as Keira Walsh picked up an injury in the 38th minute. The Barcelona defensive midfielder had to leave the pitch on a stretcherr, with Laura Coombs replacing her.
England’s domination continued in the second half and could have easily extended their advantage a number of times but their end product let them down. Alessia Russo was a major culprit in that regards as she wasted a few chances to had her side a health advantage.
In an attempt to change their fortunes in front of goal, Sarina Weigman hauled her and Ella To one off for Beth England and Laura Hemp. Lars Sondergaard also made a couple of switch for Denmark as well, taking off Rikke Madsen and Stine Pederson for Nicoline Sorensen and Frederike Thogersen as well but that did little to change the scoreline
the Three Lionesses eventually picked up the three points and booked a spot in the round of 16 stage. Despite picking the valuable points , it was yet another unconvincing performance from England.