The Lionesses get their Women’s World Cup campaign underway today in Brisbane and a victory is very much expected of Sarina Wiegman’s side against minnows Haiti.
Preparations for the World Cup have not been perfect for England, who are on a three-game winless run in which they haven’t scored a goal, but a meeting with the 53rd-ranked rookies is a must-win for the European champions. Injury issues have also scuppered their build-up but captain Millie Bright has been declared fit after knee surgery.
Alessia Russo has got the nod to start up front. England have never won the World Cup but their Euros success has upped the expectations of an historic run Down Under and winning Group D is a first step on that march, with Denmark and China to come. Follow England vs Haiti LIVE via Standard Sport’s matchday blog below, with Simon Collings on hand to provide expert analysis from the ground!
Simon Collings in Brisbane
Well that was a mental passage of play. Relief for England and that should settle them down a bit.
England 1-0 Haiti | 30 mins
A proper mad period of play in this Group D opener.
In summary: A VAR penalty review was denied for a foul from Russo after Kelly had been fouled. Moments later another review comes for a Haiti handball, Stanway misses the penalty but Theus was off her line. At the retake, Stanway scored!
Meanwhile, Limage is off for Haiti after that recent injury. On comes Mathurin.
GGGOOOOAAALLLLL!! England 1-0 Haiti | Stanway, 29′
Take two and STANWAY SCORES!
PENALTY GIVEN AGAIN!
Theus was off her line! We’ll have a retake.
A SUPERB SAVE FROM THEUS!
That one is given!
It pretty clearly brushed the fingers of the Haiti defender as Bronze went up for a header.
Now a massive chance for the Lionesses and Stanway will have it…
England 0-0 Haiti: 26 mins
Another VAR check!
There may have been a Haiti handball in the box…
England 0-0 Haiti: 25 mins
Limage is the next Haiti player down after an awkward stretch to win the ball with Russo nearby.
On the bench, Wiegman is studiously taking notes with her side yet to click into gear.
England 0-0 Haiti: 22 mins
England back on the front foot after that VAR check.
Russo is in a real physical battle with her markers and it’s not one she’s necessarily winning.
Russo is adjudged to have committed a foul in the moment before the challenge on Kelly! That’s very soft, she barely clipped her defender.
Pierre-Louis is still booked for her tackle on Kelly, though. Okay then.