England played their most complete game of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, dominating Norway 3-0.
The win puts the Lionesses into the semifinals. They await the winner of tomorrow’s match-up between the USWNT and France.
England waste no time
The Lionesses made a statement early. Just 2:07 into the game, Ellen White dummied a Lucy Bronze cross, giving Jill Scott a clean shot for the opener.
PERFECT START FOR ENGLAND! Jill Scott gives the @Lionesses the lead after a great run from Lucy Bronze. 🏴🏴🏴— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 27, 2019
And check out Ellen White with the perfect 'dummy' 😅 pic.twitter.com/jPwfwj9m0k
The game was never in doubt from there. The trust and teamwork displayed in that opening goal was evident throughout the match. And White and Bronze both eventually got theirs too.
In the 40th minute, Ellen White put England up 2 off of a great build-up and feed from Nikita Parris.
The goal made White the all time leading World Cup scorer for England.
In the 57th minute, Lucy Bronze drilled a blistering strike to ice the game for England. The strike will definitely be up for the running as “Goal of the Tournament.”
And it could’ve been worse
England could’ve won this by 5.
Parris missed a close-range shot in the 21st minute. Ten minutes after that, Ellen White popped the post from just a few yards out.
Then in the 83rd minute, Parris missed one from the spot. It’s Parris’ second penalty miss of the World Cup. If there’s any negatives from the game, it’s that England may need to assign a new penalty taker.
371 minutes and counting…
England has now gone 371 minutes without giving up a goal. They are certainly firing on all cylinders at the right time.
England will sit and wait to see who their semifinal opponent is. The Lionesses will draw the winner of Friday’s US vs France showdown.
England see title odds jump
With the impressive win, England sees their title odds improve from +650 to +475.
Ellen White also moves up to second favorite in the Golden Boot race. She goes to +300, trailing odds on favorite Alex Morgan (-286).