James scored the one aim of the sport in a second 1-0 win for England.
European champions England stand getting ready to the Girls’s World Cup last-16 after a Lauren James cracker within the sixth minute gave them a 1-0 win over Denmark.
However an in any other case massively passable Friday evening for England in entrance of simply over 40,000 followers in Sydney was marred by what seemed like a severe knee damage to influential midfielder Keira Walsh.
On an evening of blended feelings, Sarina Wiegman’s aspect will seal their place within the knockout rounds if Asian champions China fail to beat debutants Haiti afterward Friday.
Denmark may need stolen a degree with three minutes left in regular time when, regardless of having as little as 20 % of the possession for a lot of the sport, Amalie Vangsgaard shaved the skin of the England submit with a header.
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Wiegman made two modifications from the group that squeezed previous Haiti 1-0 of their opener, Rachel Daly and James coming into the beginning XI.
And it was the 21-year-old Chelsea ahead James who was the star of the primary half, earlier than fading within the second.
“It’s a tremendous feeling and one thing I at all times dreamed of,” she mentioned after the match. “We constructed on the momentum from the final win and took it into this sport. One other tough win however we received the win and that’s the most essential factor.”
An evening that had been going so nicely for the Lionesses then suffered a big setback when Walsh, a key cog within the group that gained the Euro final 12 months, tumbled over and appeared to badly harm her knee.
She was stretchered off in tears and changed by Laura Coombs seven minutes earlier than half-time, a query mark now hanging over the remainder of the Barcelona participant’s World Cup.
England had been already lacking captain Leah Williamson and Euro 2022 Golden Boot winner Beth Mead, each dominated out earlier than the event with knee accidents.