On Saturday, the European champions England started their pursuit for the Women’s World Cup crown with an unimpressive 1-0 victory over Haiti thanks to a penalty kick scored by Georgia Stanway. England’s performance was far from convincing. At the Brisbane Stadium, where the match was played in front of almost 44,000 spectators, the majority of whom were cheering for the English, Stanway’s penalty in the 29th minute proved to be enough to just barely see off a courageous Haitian team.
The odds were heavily stacked against Haiti, who were competing in their first ever World Cup match as England took the field. But the Lionesses were unable to put Haiti away and ended up having to rely on some late heroics from goalkeeper Mary Earps to take all three points from the match. This was despite the fact that they dominated territory and possession at times.
England, who have been involved in a dispute with the FA about bonuses in the lead-up to the event, are hoping to add the World Cup to the European crown that they won at Wembley last year. The issue has been going on since before the tournament began. However, in order to compete well against Denmark and China in their upcoming group matches, they will need to bring their A game.
They gave the ball away far too easily in the beginning phases of the game, which suggested that they were somewhat anxious. Soon after, England’s midfield began to take control of the game, and their front three wreaked havoc in Haiti’s penalty area. The only thing that kept the lionesses at bay was some desperate defense. The score was finally broken in the 29th minute owing to a penalty, which has been awarded nearly every time there has been a tie throughout this World Cup.