England, one of the favourite teams in the Women's World Cup, won their "derby" against Scotland 2-1 (Group D). England therefore defeated Scotland yesterday at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.
After a balanced start, the Lionesses, third in the 2015 edition, opened the scoring on 14 minutes by Nikita Parris, with a penalty awarded by the VAR, following a foul by Nicola Docherty of Scotland.
Forward Ellen Parris doubled the lead with a second goal five minutes before the break (40"), with a curling shot low to the post. But the Scots restarted the game by reducing the gap by Claire Emslie on 79 minutes. This is a historic goal as it is the first in the women's World Cup finals for Scotland.
Two years ago, at Euro 2017, the Scottish women lost 6-0 to their English neighbours. But yesterday, in honour of their first World Cup match, they proved their progress by keeping the Lionesses under pressure until the end. Unfortunately, this was not enough to take the lead over the English. England kept a total grip on the match, showing that they deserve their favourite place in the final victory.
With two goals scored at the beginning and end of the first half, England beat Scotland for their entry into the World Cup. A victory that allowed them to take the lead in Group D, waiting for the match between Argentina and Japan.