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England v Scotland Live Commentary, 09/06/2019

2 - 1
N. Parris (14 pen)
E. White (40)
C. Emslie (79)
Allianz Riviera


That's it for our live coverage of this Women's World Cup match between England and Scotland! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
As for what's coming for these sides, England will hope to carry the momentum from today's win into their match against Argentina on Friday, while Scotland will need to recover quickly before facing Japan on the same day.
England drifted a bit in the latter stages, but did their work in the first half and were able to hang on in the end. They started the match well with goals from Parris (14') and White (40') and had several other opportunities that were denied by Alexander. Their dominance waned after the break though with possession split 50-50 in the second half. With the ball at their feet far more frequently, Scotland started to build attacks far more effectively and eventually got their goal in the 79th minute via Emslie. They tried to push on from there, but it wound up being too little, too late for the Scottish Women. They should feel much better about their performance in the final 45 minutes, but it's England who come away victorious.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: England 2-1 Scotland
90' + 4' After an attack from Scotland stalls, England regain possession and it looks as though they will be able to hold onto the ball, and all three points.
90' + 2' Scott takes the ball to the right corner and holds off Smith for as long as she can, but it does end up going out for a Scottish throw.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
89' England with a bit of time-wasting from consecutive throws as boos rain down from the Scottish faithful.
88' Corsie pulls off a lovely dummy in defence to open up a passing lane which relieves the pressure on the Scottish backline.
L. Arnot
C. Murray
87' Arnott replaces Murray in attack for Scotland.
85' Five minutes left of the 90. Can Scotland bring this match level? Can England hold on? We'll find out together!
84' Bronze goes down in the box, but is called for the foul herself and Scotland will have a free-kick.
G. Stanway
F. Kirby
82' Now defending a one goal lead, Kirby makes way with Stanway entering the fray.
L. Evans
79' Evans collected a loose ball in the left channel, pushed forward, and played the ball forward to Emslie who buried her chance!
C. Emslie
79' GOOOALLL!!!! SCOTLAND HAD THE MOMENTUM AND GET A GOAL BACK! Evans played the ball forward to Emslie who took a touch, held off a challenge, and launched her shot above the head of Bardsley and just under the crossbar! That will certainly make things interesting for the final 10 minutes. England 2-1 Scotland
77' Scotland have now had more passes in the second half (156) than they had in the first (132) with plenty of match still left to play.
C. Arthur
S. Howard
75' Arthur replaces Howard for Scotland.
72' Evans is fouled by Parris and wins a free-kick for her side.
K. Carney
B. Mead
71' Mead comes off and is replaced by Carney who is now taking part in her fourth Women's World Cup!
70' SAVE! Alexander makes another fantastic save against White from incredibly close range! She's been beaten twice but make no mistake, Alexander has been superb today.
70' It looks like England will be making a change after this corner, their seventh.
68' Scotland have several consecutive corners but are unable to get an attempt on target from any of them.
66' Emslie versus Greenwood is turning into quite the battle on the near touchline! This time Scotland earn a corner after another tussle between the two of them.
63' Momentum starting to tilt Scotland's direction over the past few minutes. Can they manage to get a goal while they have the advantage?
61' Emslie takes on Greenwood near the byline and the defender does well to hit the ball out for a throw rather than a corner.
59' A ball is played over the top to Parris on the right wing, but it's over-hit just a touch and bounces out for a goal-kick.
57' Emslie charges down the left wing, and takes aim from a tight angle that Bardsley covers easily. Scotland will need a bit more guile if they are to beat the England 'keeper today.
K. Smith
N. Docherty
55' Scotland make a change as Smith replaces Docherty who was on a yellow card.
A. McManus
M. Bright
55' Bright is indeed withdrawn due to injury with McManus the replacement.
54' Cuthbert pulls out the skills to beat a pair of defenders and then whips a cross straight into the arms of Bardsley. The Scottish star is getting into attacking areas with relative ease, but has yet to do anything meaningful after having done so.
52' Play now resumes but it looks like Bright will be taken off with an arm injury.
50' Play stops as Bright is down and receiving medical treatment.
48' Cuthbert goes on a lung-busting run to beat Bright to a long-ball, gets there first, and then immediately passes the ball right into the feet of an England defender. That move went from good to bad very quickly.
N. Docherty
Yellow Card
47' Docherty picks up a yellow card for a hard challenge on Parris.
46' MEAD HAS THE BALL IN THE NET... but England have another goal chalked off for offside! White made her run too early before playing the ball over to Mead, and the flag went up. What a start that would have been!
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
It will be interesting to see how these sides approach the second half. England will need to avoid any complacency as 2-0 leads are notoriously easy to overturn in football, but will likely wait to make any changes until the next goal is scored. As for Scotland, they need to find a way to get a hold of the ball far more frequently and, whether that be a change in players or tactics a change needs to be made soon in order to re-establish themselves in this match.
England dominated play for most of the first half and head into the break with a well-earned 2-0 lead. The goals came via a Parris penalty (14) and a curled finish from White (40') but the Lionesses could, and arguably should, have been up by more had it not been for two fantastic kick-saves from Alexander. They have been incredibly incisive and creative in midfield with five players recording at least one key pass in the opening 45 minutes. As for Scotland, Cuthbert and Little have both flashed their inarguable talent, and Alexander has been terrific in goal, but others will need to step up if they are to get back into this match.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: England 2-0 Scotland
45' + 2' England take a short corner with Walsh eventually the recipient. She launches a shot from distance, but it was always rising, and the whistle sounds for half-time.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
J. Beattie
Yellow Card
43' Beattie goes in with a late challenge on Parris who was at full-stretch, and the former picks up a yellow card.
42' CHANCE! Cuthbert tries a shot with the outside of her right boot and it fizzes just wide of the left goal-post! Bardsely was scrambling there!
F. Kirby
40' Kirby charged down a loose ball and ran into a defender as she tried to poke the ball to White, which she just managed and the striker finished the chance well!
E. White
40' GOOALLLLL!!! England double their lead! Kirby nudged the ball forward to White on the edge of the box who shaped her body, and curled in a fantastic left-footed effort into the top-left corner! Terrific technique there! England 2-0 Scotland
39' Cuthbert tries to cut between two defenders on the left and, while she doesn't succeed per se, it will be a throw for Scotland.
37' England are currently boasting an absurd 71.7 per cent of possession. Can they turn that dominance into another goal before the half?
35' White tries an off-balance attempt from the edge of the penalty area, but it lacks power and rolls harmlessly to Alexander.
33' CHANCE! Kirby rolls the ball into Mead who was cutting in from the left. She lines up the shot... and it's saved by another kick-save from Alexander! Fantastic stuff from the Scottish 'keeper!
32' Play resumes and it looks like Kirby will be able to continue.
30' Kirby is down on the pitch and the medical staff run out to check on her.
29' Scotland shift the ball from left to right. Emslie ends up with it and tries a shot from acute angle that is easily caught by Bardsley. That's better from Scotland though.
27' Emslie shows off her strength holding off a challenge from Greenwood on the right until the latter is forced to foul.
25' We're being absolutely spoiled for action with the match quickly turning into an end-to-end affair!
23' WHITE HAS THE BALL IN THE NET.... oh but it's ruled offside! She had lofted the ball over Alexander but the last defender had stepped up at the last moment which caused the flag to go up.
22' SAVE! Alexander makes a fantastic reflex save, kicking away an attempt from White that was taken from incredibly close range!
20' PENALTY SHOUT! Mead goes down in the box and looks up at the referee who immediately waived off the claim.
18' Weir goes stubs up on White and is called for the foul, but avoids further punishment.
16' After that goal, Scotland have a massive mountain to climb as England conceded just one goal in their eight qualification matches.
N. Parris
Penalty Goal
14' GOOOALLLLL! England take the lead! Parris stepped up from the spot and buried her right-footed effort into the top-left corner, leaving Alexander grasping at nothing but air! England 1-0 Scotland
13' IT WILL BE A PENALTY FOR ENGLAND! VAR confirms that Docherty's arm was indeed hit by the ball and it looks like Parris will take the penalty.
12' PENALTY SHOUT! Fran Kirby's cross was deflected and VAR will check to see if it was a handball!
11' After a bit of sustained play in the Scottish penalty area, the ball goes behind for an England corner.
8' Cuthebert and Houghton both chase a loose ball and the former is called for a foul after the latter won the footrace.
6' Kirby tries to dribble into the box but is stopped with ease by Corsie, ending the move.
4' Now Emslie pushes forward up the right and whips a cross into the box that is easily cut out by England.
3' Cuthbert stretches her legs down the right, loses Greenwood, and eventually passes forward. First attacking intent showed by Scotland.
2' For those interested, England wear all white while Scotland don all blue.
1' Referee Jana Adamkova blows her whistle, and this match is underway!
The players are lined up as the national anthems play around the Allianz Riviera! Not long to go now!
Just two changes for Scotland following their 3-2 win against Jamaica in their final tune-up match. Howard and Murray start while Smith and Ross fail to make Scotland’s first ever Women’s World Cup XI. While Kim Little is probably the best player for her country, the goalscoring duties will fall to the forward combination of Cuthbert and Ross, both of whom scored four goals during qualifiers. If either, or both, could find the back of the net today, they would have an excellent chance of overturning England for the first time since 2011.
Scotland substitutes: Lizzie Arnot, Joanne Love, Leanne Crichton, Hayley Lauder, Kirsty Smith, Shannon Lynn, Jane Ross, Lana Clelland, Joelle Murray, Chloe Arthur, Jenna Fife, Fiona Brown.
Scotland (4-4-1-1): Lee Alexander; Sophie Howard, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Nicola Docherty; Lisa Evans, Kim Little, Caroline Weir, Claire Emslie; Erin Cuthbert; Christie Murray.
Five changes for England after losing 1-0 in a friendly against New Zealand. Bardsley, Bright, Scott, Mead, and White all come into the starting XI with Telford, McManus, Staniforth, Duggan, and Taylor all falling to the bench. Duggan’s absence would typically come as a surprise but she only misses out due to injury. Her presence on the left wing will be missed, but Parris, on the opposite side, should be able to pick up the slack. She scored the second most goals in the WSL last season (16) and will certainly command the attention of the defence today.
England substitutes: Carly Telford, Leah Williamson, Karen Carney, Georgia Stanway, Lucy Staniforth, Demi Stokes, Toni Duggan, Jade Moore, Mary Earps, Abbie McManus, Rachel Daly, Jodie Taylor.
England (4-2-3-1): Karen Bardsley; Lucy Bronze, Millie Bright, Stephanie Houghton, Alex Greenwood; Jill Scott, Keira Walsh; Nikita Parris, Francesca Kirby, Beth Mead; Ellen White.
Now, let’s take a look at the team news!
This is Scotland’s first appearance at the Women’s World Cup, making them the 12th European side to take part in the world finals.
England have participated in five of the eight editions of the Women’s World Cup, advancing past the group stage in each appearance.
These nations have never met in this competition before, but history certainly favors England who have won 22 of the 25 matches between these nations.
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