England crashed out of the Women’s World Cup after a 2-1 defeat to holders USA in Lyon. The Americans opened the scoring in the 10th minute after Christen Press capitalised on some poor England defending to get on the end of an inch-perfect cross from Kelley O’Hara. Against the run of play, England equalised less than 10 minutes later after a cross from Beth Mead was brilliantly volleyed into the top corner by Ellen White. The Lionesses were only level for another 10 minutes after Alex Morgan managed to find enough space to head home her sixth goal of the tournament. England thought they had equalised once again in the 67th minute after White was played through by Keira Walsh and slotted the ball past the USA goalkeeper. VAR came to the rescue of USA, as it revealed that White was marginally offside. VAR then came to England’s aid in the 82nd minute after White was clipped by Becky Sauerbrunn. Once again, the Lionesses failed to convert from the spot, this time it was a weak attempt from Houghton. They then found themselves reduced to 10 players when Millie Bright was given a second yellow card following a late challenge on Morgan. England will now be in the third-place playoff and will face the losers of Netherlands vs Sweden on Saturday in Nice. Here are the player ratings from tonight’s game:
Carly Telford - 7
Made a number of key saves when the USA were particularly dominant after taking the lead.
Lucy Bronze - 5
Her poor positioning resulted in the opening goal of the game and she didn’t really have much of an effect going forward.
Steph Houghton (C) - 5
Struggled to deal with Alex Morgan throughout the game and her penalty miss compounded her poor performance.
Millie Bright - 4
Also couldn’t cope with Morgan and it ultimately resulted in her late sending off.
Demi Stokes - 5
Didn’t react quick enough to Lindsey Horan’s cross for the second goal, and struggled to cope with the constant threat down the USA’s right wing.
Keira Walsh - 5
Almost scored a 25-yard screamer in the first half, but spent the majority of the game chasing the ball in midfield before being subbed off.
Jill Scott - 7
Was a strong figure in the heart of England’s midfield, making crucial interceptions and a number of runs forward.
Rachel Daly - 6
Played some good passes in the first half but would have less of an impact as the game went on before being subbed in the latter stages of the game.
Nikita Parris - 4
Offered very little going forward and was often a frustrated figure whenever she tracked back.
Beth Mead - 6
Set up the opening goal but had to track back and defend a lot more than usual, often struggling at times before being subbed off early in the second half.
Ellen White - 8
Scored the equaliser with a perfectly timed volley and in the rare occasions that England attacked she looked hungry to add to her tally.
Fran Kirby - 6
Came on for Mead in the second half and played some good passes in the final third that would lead to nothing.
Georgia Stanway - 5
Didn’t have enough time to make an impact after being brought on for Daly.
Jade Moore - 5
Didn’t really do that much after coming on with 20 minutes remaining.