In a challenging opener at the Fifa Women’s World Cup, England secured a narrow victory against debutants Haiti in Brisbane. The match proved to be a stern test for England, as they struggled to demonstrate their usual flair and creativity, reminiscent of their Euro 2022 opening match against Austria.
The deciding goal came from Georgia Stanway’s penalty, which she had to retake due to the Video Assistant Referee spotting Haiti goalkeeper Kerly Theus stepping off her line prematurely during the initial save. Despite the win, England’s performance was underwhelming.
Haiti, ranked 53rd in the world, showcased their attacking prowess, with the impressive 19-year-old Melchie Dumornay causing constant threats. England’s defense, led by captain Millie Bright on her return from knee surgery, faced considerable challenges.
Haiti’s goalkeeper, Theus, repeatedly denied striker Alessia Russo, who was preferred over Women’s Super League’s Golden Boot winner Rachel Daly. In the second half, England had opportunities to extend their lead, but Haiti’s Roseline Eloissaint’s strike was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Mary Earps.
Further updates and reactions to England’s opening game will follow.
- Home Team: England
- Away Team: Haiti
- Possession: Home 75% – Away 25%
- Shots: Home 21 – Away 7
- Shots on Target: Home 11 – Away 2
- Corners: Home 7 – Away 3
- Fouls: Home 17 – Away 5
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Women’s World Cup
What was the result of the Women’s World Cup match between England and Haiti?
England secured a narrow victory against Haiti in their opening group match at the Women’s World Cup. The match ended with England winning 1-0.
How did England manage to secure the win?
The deciding goal came from a penalty taken by Georgia Stanway. Initially, the penalty was saved by Haiti’s goalkeeper, but it was retaken after the Video Assistant Referee ruled that the goalkeeper had stepped off her line too early.
How did Haiti perform in the match?
Despite being debutants in the Women’s World Cup, Haiti put on an impressive performance, especially their young talent Melchie Dumornay. The 19-year-old was dangerous in attack and played a crucial role in creating chances for her team.
How did England’s defense cope with Haiti’s attacking threats?
England’s defense was heavily tested during the match, with captain Millie Bright facing some difficulties on her return from knee surgery. However, they managed to keep a clean sheet and secure the narrow victory.
Who were the standout players in the match?
Georgia Stanway’s goal from the penalty spot secured the win for England, while Haiti’s Melchie Dumornay stood out as an impressive performer, causing constant threats with her attacking prowess.
What’s next for England in the Women’s World Cup?
After this victory, England will face Denmark in their second Group D match.