Ellen White got England off to a winning start at the Women’s World Cup, curling in a shot to give the 2015 semifinalists a 2-1 victory against tournament newcomer Scotland on Sunday in Nice, France.
In a dominant first half in the Group D match, Nikita Parris scored on a penalty kick in the 14th minute before White struck in the 40th minute on the French Riviera.
There was no repeat of England’s 6-0 rout of its neighbor at the European Championship two years ago, with Scotland ensuring it was a nervous finish for England coach Phil Neville’s side after Claire Emslie scored in the 79th minute.
“We were only 2-0 at halftime,” Parris said, “and then we came out too complacent.”
“I suppose the disappointment leaving the game — and it’s the standards that we have set — is that in the second half we need to keep the ball better,” Neville said. “So we have to keep driving those standards, we have to keep being ruthless. But it’s good to get the first game out of the way.”
Brazil 3, Jamaica 0: In Grenoble, France, Cristiane recorded her country’s first hat trick in a World Cup since 1999 as the Brazilians cruised against the Reggae Girlz in a Group C match. Cristiane’s goal in the 64th minute for the hat trick came on a free kick that curled just under the crossbar. She also scored in the 15th and 50th minutes for the Brazilians, who were without six-time women’s world Player of the Year Marta because of her left thigh injury.
Italy 2, Australia 1: In Group C play, Barbara Bonansea scored two goals, including the winner in stoppage time, for the 15th-ranked Italians against the sixth-ranked Matildas in Valencienne, France. Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage time. The Juventus player also had the equalizer in the 56th minute for Italy, which is in the World Cup for the first time since 1999.
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