England defeated double-elimination Haiti 1-0.

England defeated Haiti 1-0 in their FIFA Women's World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 Group D match at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 22) thanks to a penalty kick from Stanway.

England, last year's Euro2022 champions and one of the favorites to win the tournament, struggled early on against the high-pressing and quick Haitians, who South Korea had beaten 2-1 in their last qualifying match on Aug. 8. England had not scored a goal since losing 0-2 to Australia and drawing 0-0 with Portugal in their last pre-World Cup tournament.

The first half was tight. In the 18th minute, Chloe Kelly was brought down in the box by Haiti's Alessia Rousseau, but no penalty was awarded. It wasn't until the 25th minute, in front of a crowd of 44,369 at Brisbane Stadium, that England had a decisive goal scoring chance. England's Lucy Bronze and Haiti's Vacheva Lewis collided for an aerial ball, with Lewis committing a handball foul.

In the 26th minute, England was awarded a penalty kick and Georgia Stanway stepped up to the spot. Stanway's initial shot was saved by Haitian goalkeeper Curly Theus, but a VAR review showed that she was ahead of the ball and the penalty was retaken. Luck was on their side, and they made no mistake. Stanway made it 1-0 in the 29th minute when he rattled the post with a neat finish, but England were not as dominant as they had hoped.

Anita Asante, a former England national team defender, said on BBC Radio 5 live commentary: 'Haiti are playing well. They're bullying England,' while fans said: 'They're not playing like last year's Euro winners,' 'They should have played Kayla Walsh up front. We need her in midfield," and "We need her in midfield.

England dominated possession in the second half, looking for a wedge goal, but they struggled against Haiti's strong defense, tough tackling and quick counter-attacks led by Dumonei. However, Haiti lacked precision in front of goal and, as in the Korea game, appeared to run out of steam after the midway point of the second half. England brought on Rachael Daly and Lauren James in the second half in search of a second goal, but it was not to be. In the 33rd minute of the second half, Haiti made a change, replacing Roseau Borzella with Roslene Elouissant. In the 37th minute, England goalkeeper Mary Earps saved a powerful counter-attack by Elouissant. It was a super-save worthy of the reigning Best Women's Goalkeeper at The Best FIFA Awards. With the 1-0 win, England claimed three points and their first win at the World Cup in Australia-New Zealand.

However, despite the overwhelming data - 75% possession, 21 shots, 11 shots on target, and seven corner kicks - England came up short in terms of finishing with just one penalty kick. On the other hand, Haiti, making their first appearance at the Women's World Cup, made a strong impression on their debut, albeit in a 0-1 loss to powerhouse England. It was a game that once again demonstrated the truth that there are no real favorites and no real underdogs on the World Cup stage. 안전카지노사이트