Ellen White Grabs Brace as Team GB Defeat Chile 2-0 in Olympics 2020 Opener

Ellen White’s brace gifted Team GB a 2-0 win over Chile in their opening match of Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

White saw a 11th minute tap-in ruled offside but eventually found the breakthrough goal seven minutes later as Lauren Hemp knocked down Lucy Bronze’s cross towards left post for White to fire in from close range.

Bronze then gifted White her second goal in the 73rd minute after providing a direct cross from Nikita Parris’ lay-off from a throw-in, to wrap up victory for Team GB against Chile, who were making their Olympic debut.

Team GB now sit top of Group E as Chile currently occupy the bottom spot, with Japan and Canada sat second and third after drawing 1-1 as the hosts’ Mana Iwabuchi cancelled out Christine Sinclair’s sixth minute opener for the Canadians.

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England made a bright start as Caroline Weir saw two shots saved in the opening minutes alongside Georgia Stanway, who saw her third minute shot deflected wide by Camila Saez.

White was first to find the net in the 11th minute after Christiane Endler blocked Stanway’s block to her Manchester City teammate, only to be correctly adjudged offside by the fourth official.

Seven minutes later, White finally got her goal after Hemp knocked down Bronze’s pass for the 32 year-old to lash in from close range to put Team GB in front.

The Brits thereafter continued to dominate with Millie Bright firing wide of the top right corner from a short free-kick in the 24th minute.

Little and White saw shots go begging whilst Steph Houghton headed a late free-kick wide of the bottom left corner, as Karen Araya produced Chile’s only notable shot as her 30-yard shot in the 29th minute was saved by Elie Roebuck.

Upon the start of the second half, Hemp fired two shots over the bar in the opening five minutes before Stanway’s 55th minute shot was blocked to White who fired wide via deflection, only for VAR to rule the latter offside in the build-up after initially adjudging her as being illegally fouled.

Stanway saw another shot denied six minutes later before manager, Hege Riise substituted Hemp for Parris in the 69th minute.

Parris however needed just three minute to get involved as she played a backpass from a throw-in to Bronze, who whipped in a cross for White to volley in her second goal of the match on the bounce via a light flicked touch from Endler.

Team GB eventually cruised to victory as Chile struggled to produce any notable attacks, apart from forcing various set pieces and poorly created chances of little note.

Elsewhere, Vivianne Miedema netted four goals as Netherlands thrashed Zambia 10-3 to go top OF Group F ahead of Brazil, who thrashed China 5-0 to go second.

Group G saw a major shock as USA’s 44 match unbeaten run was ended by a shock 3-0 loss to Sweden, who sit top from Australia after the Aussies defeated New Zealand 2-1.


Team News

Team GB: Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Rachel Daly, Kiera Walsh, Caroline Weir, Georgia Stanway, Kim Little (Toone 90+2′), Lauren Hemp (Parris 69′), Ellen White

Substitutes: Carly Telford, Demi Stokes, Sophie Ingle, Leah Williamson, Jill Scott, Ella Toone, Nikita Parris

Chile: Christiane Endler, Carla Guerrero, Francisca Lara, Nayadet Lopez Opazo, Karen Araya, Maria Jose Urrutia, Yanara Aedo (Acuna 78′), Yessina Lopez (Mardones 70′), Daniela Pardo, Daniela Zamora, Camila Saez

Substitutes: Natalia Campos, Fernanda Ramirez, Yenny Acuna, Rosario Balmaceda, Javiera Toro, Javiera Grez, Francisca Mardones

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