Tokyo 2020: Ellen White scores twice and secures the victory against Chile for Team GB

Britain got off to a successful start to its Olympic campaign when the women’s soccer team comfortably defeated Chile in an empty stadium in Sapporo, Japan.

Manchester City forward Ellen White scored on either side of the break, putting GB in the driver’s seat in Group E.

City teammate Lauren Hemp, consistently impressive, kept the ball in the back post for White to kick off after 18 minutes.

Defender Lucy Bronze then flicked past the defender and picked White, whose acrobatic overhead kick later led to the 2-0 in the second half.

Hege Riise’s side dominated possession and created many chances – White could have scored a hat trick had they not been sidelined as they blocked the Georgia Stanways rebound early.

GB lead the group after hosts Japan drew Canada in the late kick-off.

The women’s soccer tournament kicked off two days before the opening ceremony in Tokyo, while Team GB’s players are the first of a 376-strong team to represent the nation.

they took the knee before kick-off to highlight discrimination and racial injustice, a gesture reciprocated by the entire Chilean team.

Elsewhere, Sweden amazes world champions USA They ended their unbeaten streak of 44 games 3-0, while the Netherlands beat Zambia 10-3.

White is out of place because hemp is impressive

Great Britain and Chile go to their knees ahead of the first game in Tokyo 2020

The Games began amid widespread opposition in Japan as Covid-19 cases rose and fans were absent from the event.

But Team GB got off to a perfect start in Sapporo when the women’s soccer team made their first Olympic appearance since London 2012.

England striker White, who reached the quarter-finals nine years ago, scored her first two goals at the Games when GB Chile began to struggle in attack.

Hemp, 20, received the nod in front of Arsenal’s Nikita Parris and has been a nuisance all along, riding as a full-back and often pulling over a second defender.

Most of the UK’s promising attacks came from hemp from the distance, while bronze added width to the overlap from the right full-back.

Kim Little from Scotland dictated the game from central midfield – showing how crucial her role will be for the team in Japan – and Chelsea midfielder Sophie Ingle was substituted on late and became the first Welsh female footballer to join Team GB at the Olympics Play represented.

GB’s next game will take place on Saturday 24 July in Sapporo against hosts Japan.

“We absolutely deserve three points” – what they said

Manchester City’s Ellen White scores first goal for Great Britain in Tokyo 2020

Team GB head coach Hege Riise: “The strategy since we worked together has been to keep possession of the ball, control the game, play behind and over the defensive line – try to attack in your half and control the game.

“We looked great in the first 30 minutes and then it slowed a little. We had chances – we absolutely deserved three points and kept them away from our goal – that was important.”

“We were strong enough to keep them out of possession, which is good.”

Team GB striker Ellen White: “It felt amazing [to score twice]. I’m really proud to be part of Team GB and it was great to score and contribute to the team.

“We had total respect for Chile and what they could bring to the game. We wanted to focus on what we can do. There were moments when we played really great. There are still things we did have to work, but we are very satisfied. ” with the three points and we’re really looking forward to playing Japan next. “

“Small Might Be Crucial to Team GB” Analysis

Former British captain Casey Stoney on BBC Two:

The three in midfield were great. Little controls and dictates the game and her ability to scan the ball in motion is excellent. She has her head in constant motion and can overcome pressure. The connections in midfield were really good – I really liked the balance of the team.

I think Little could be the key to this tournament. She is such an influential player. White will play a key role on this team too. You don’t have a lot of options in this position so she has to score goals.



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  • 2bronze
  • 5Houghton
  • 14thBright
  • 12thDaly
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  • 11WeirReplaced byScottat 90 ‘protocol
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  • 3Stokes
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  • 7thParis
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  • 16Williamson
  • 18thScott
  • 20thTo a


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  • 14thPardo
  • 3Guerrero
  • 18thSaez
  • 11LopezReplaced byMardonesat 70 ‘protocol
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  • 4thLara
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  • 9Urrutia
  • 10AedoReplaced byAcunaat 78 ‘protocol


  • 5Ramirez
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  • 16Balmaceda
  • 17thToro
  • 19thGrez
  • 20thMardones

Referee: Salima Mukansanga

Live text

  1. End of game, Great Britain Women 2, Chile 0.

  2. Second half ends, Great Britain Women 2, Chile 0.

  3. Georgia Stanway (Great Britain – Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Foul by Daniela Pardo (Chile).

  5. Substitution, UK women. Ella Toone replaces Kim Little.

  6. Substitution, UK women. Jill Scott replaces Caroline Weir.

  7. Rachel Daly (Great Britain Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Foul by Daniela Zamora (Chile).

  9. Nikita Parris (Great Britain Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Francisca Lara (Chile).

  11. Attempt blocked. Stephanie Houghton (Great Britain Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Foul by Ellen White (Great Britain Women).

  13. Carla Guerrero (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Attempt failed. Nikita Parris (UK Women) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ellen White with a header pass.

  15. Replacement, Chile. Rosario Balmaceda replaces Nayadet López.

  16. Foul by Lucy Bronze (Great Britain Women).

  17. Carla Guerrero (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Attempt saved. Rachel Daly (UK Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Supported by Kim Little.

  19. Replacement, Chile. Yenny Acuña replaces Yanara Aedo.

  20. Foul by Georgia Stanway (Great Britain Women).