England–our darkhorse pick to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup –defeated Japan 2-0 on Wednesday to capture Group D. England’s Ellen White netted a brace (“14, “84) to secure the group win.
This is the first time since 2011 England finished atop their World Cup group.
Despite the loss, Japan still advances to the knockout round.
Scotland bottles, fails to advance
After an Erin Cuthbert made the score 3-0 in the 69th minute, Scotland looked ready to advance to the knockout rounds.
Argentina stormed back with goals in the 74th, 79th, and 94th minute to draw 3-3.
The stoppage time goal came off a penalty. It was originally saved by goalie Lee Alexander, but VAR ruled that she came off her line. The penalty was then taken again and converted by Flor Bonsegundo.
Scotland became the first team in Women’s World Cup history to blow a 3-0 lead.
Scotland is eliminated. Argentina still has a chance at advancing.
Thursday’s Women’s World Cup Games
Four games are on the docket for Thursday:
- 12pm ET: Cameroon vs New Zealand
- 12pm ET: Netherlands vs Canada
- 3pm ET: Sweden vs USA
- 3pm ET: Thailand vs Chili