Workforce GB e-book their place within the girls’s soccer quarter-finals at Tokyo Olympics as unstoppable Ellen White nods house her third objective in two video games to down hosts Japan in tight Group E encounter
For lengthy durations the one constructive was that no followers have been current to see this. Then Ellen White did what Ellen White does and all was nicely with Workforce GB’s world.
A irritating night on the empty Sapporo Dome regarded as if it was heading for a goalless stalemate. Japan, robbed of a roaring house crowd, seemed to be stripped of any ambition.
Content material to defend from deep, they dealt comfortably with something that Hege Riise’s expenses – themselves enjoying with two holding midfielders – might muster.
Ellen White runs away in celebration after her header put Nice Britain forward towards Japan
The match was settled within the 74th minute as Manchester Metropolis ahead White headed house
White ran to the close to put up to leap forward of the Japanese goalkeeper and a defender to attain
The celebrations continued on the touchline after White’s header settled the competition
However the nice gamers can strike when least anticipated. And it’s protected to say that when the relentless Lucy Bronze heaved over a hopeful cross after 74 uneventful minutes, few anticipated something.
Few that’s, aside from White. The deadly Manchester Metropolis striker, whose two targets lifted Workforce GB past Chile of their opener, sensed her second.
A touch of hesitation from Ayaka Yamashita within the Japan objective, and the chance was there. White shot off the mark, edged in entrance of her defender and with one neat flick guided the ball over the stranded stopper and into the far nook web.
Mina Tanaka wins a header below strain from Nice Britain’s Leah Williamson within the first half
The ball drops for Nice Britain’s Steph Houghton to shoot however she could not discover the goal
Lauren Hemp of Nice Britain is crowded out by Japan’s Honoka Hayashi (left) and Risa Shimizu through the first half in Sapporo
Lucy Bronze (left) makes an attempt to get away from Japan’s Mina Tanaka throughout a decent opening interval
Nice Britain (4-2-3-1): Roebuck; Bronze, Houghton, Williamson, Stokes; Walsh, Ingle (Weir 59); Parris (Daly 76), Little (c) (Scott 88), Hemp (Stanway 89); White
Substitutes not used: Telford (GK); Brilliant, Charles
Coach: Hege Riise
Scorer: White 74
Japan (4-4-2): Yamashita; Shimizu, Kumagai (c), Minami, Miyagawa; Shiokoshi (Momiki 56), Nakajima (Iwabuchi 81), Sugita, Hasegawa; Hayashi (Miura 68), Tanaka (Endo 68)
Substitutes not used: Ikeda (GK); Sugasawa, Takarada
Coach: Asako Takakura
Booked: Hayashi, Yamashita
Referee: A. Pustovoitova (ROC)
So simple as that, Workforce GB have been by means of to the subsequent spherical.
‘It was an awesome objective,’ mentioned Riise, who has rapidly made her mark on a rising squad.
‘That is the small margin, that is the element that always glorious gamers carry. That second was recreation altering and that’s the reason she is a prime scorer.’
Canada await within the last group recreation. It is going to provide one other alternative to proceed a gelling challenge that already appears to be within the last phases, regardless of a critical lack of warm-up matches. Riise may also get the chance to make extra modifications.
‘Two wins places us in a great place,’ she added.
‘We’re capable of relaxation gamers and recuperate nicely. We’re very pleased with how we sued the workforce and the way the squad responded.
‘None of them performed badly towards Chile and some of them didn’t play tonight. This squad is superb and I’m happy with them.’
Riise has good motive to be joyful. Group-topping Workforce GB are but to concede.
They give the impression of being well-drilled, match and composed. And if their star striker continues to fireplace, the long run might be crimson, White and blue.
Nice Britain’s Hemp fights for the ball with Honoka Hayashi of Japan in Sapporo
Sophie Ingle stretches to make a deal with to attempt to win the ball from Japan’s Yui Hasegawa