Manchester City stars past and present took centre stage at the Women’s World Cup in France as England started their campaign with a hard fought 2-1 win over Scotland.
Nikita Parris, who joined Lyon from the bleus last month, opened the scoring from the penalty spot after VAR awarded the Lionesses a penalty for handball. New City signing Ellen White thought she’d doubled the lead with a clever header, only to be ruled out for offside.
White did score in the 40th minute, curling a left foot shot just inside the post to double England’s lead. It was just what the Lionesses deserved after a dominant performance, that saw England also miss several chances to increase the lead.
It was a different story in the second half, although England were denied a third goal when Beth Mead turned in White’s cross, but again the new City signing was adjudged to be offside, although the flag went up exceptionally late.
But Scotland came more into the match in the second half, and it was another former blue in the form of Claire Emslie, who hammered home a loose ball in the box to hammer home and give Scotland hope.
The Scots fought back and pushed England, but City striker Georgia Stanway almost sealed the victory in the last minute, but her shot curled wide of the post. It was tough on Scotland, but the Lionesses just about deserved the win.
Final Score: England 2-1 Scotland