Sensational. Inspiring. Commendable. England brilliantly took on a 54,000 strong Canadian audience in their quarter-final match against the hosts and came away with a 2-1 victory. Two spectacular goals in the first fifteen minutes was so joyous to watch, it was actually unimaginable to think that this was an England team in total domination. Jodie Taylor gaining possession in a crucial area and capitalising was followed by a Fara Williams free kick that Lucy Bronze headed into the net.
But it would be too unrealistic to have expected a clean sheet. Sinclair pulled one back for the hosts in the 42nd minute, much to the home fans’ delight. It brought a nervy end to the first half for England and a major shift in the dynamic of the game. Luckily, the scoreline remained the same, despite what many believed to be a biased referee offering many decisions the Canadians’ way, some poor clearances from England and GK Bardsley having to go off with a swollen eye.
Whatever happens now though, faith has been restored in the beautiful game. Guaranteed fourth place: a feat not matched since Italia ’90. There is much hope that England can now go all the way, though a tough game against current victors Japan separates them from the final in Vancouver. It’s going to be a big game, and by God they can surely show the men’s seniors a thing or two about how it’s meant to be done. #GoOnEngland #Lionesses