England defeated China thanks to an outstanding individual effort from Lauren James. She secured England’s spot in the Women’s World Cup’s round of sixteen. In a thrilling encounter in Adelaide, the European champions displayed their strength. And James once again shone with two outstanding goals and three assists. Lauren James, the standout player for Chelsea had earlier proclaimed her entrance at the World Cup with the game-winning goal against Denmark. So, she gave the 13,497 excited spectators a masterclass. She showed her class early in the match. She set up Alessia Russo for the game’s first goal. And then providing Lauren Hemp with a lovely through ball that she calmly put into the bottom corner.
Women’s World Cup | Lauren James leads England to victory
James’s skill was on full display as she scored a superb goal from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 as England’s dominance continued. Her skill was further demonstrated when the video assistance referee (VAR) denied another outstanding finish because it was offside during the build-up.
James’s skill was on full display as she scored a superb goal from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 as England’s dominance continued. China came out swinging in the second half, giving England a little scare when Shuang Wang scored from the penalty spot. However, James was far from done as he volleyed Jess Carter’s deep cross beyond Yu Zhu, the defenseless goalkeeper, to score England’s fourth goal. Rachel Daly, a striker, and substitute Chloe Kelly completed England’s impressive scoring display.
After cruising through the group stages with lackluster 1-0 wins against Denmark and Haiti, England made a strong impression with this decisive victory. Ahead of their last-16 match against Nigeria, set to air live on BBC One at 08:30 BST, their performance has raised expectations. China’s participation in the competition ended after Denmark defeated Haiti to take second place in Group D.
In the absence of injured midfielder Keira Walsh, manager Sarina Wiegman showed her tactical skill using England’s attacking talent. Hemp’s quickness put China’s defense to the test. James was impressed with her magic and unpredictable nature. Also, skipper Millie Bright was a formidable opponent with her unrelenting tackling.