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Lauren James denied World Cup hatrick from controversial VAR decision

England finally get their World Cup rhythm as they cruise to the top of Group D, securing all nine points out a possible nine.


England knew they needed to change things up, after beating Haiti and Denmark by only one goal to nil. Sarina Wiegman knew these two previous performances weren't up to Englands potential, and that a switch up was required.


With Kiera Walsh picking up a knee injury against Denmark, Katie Zelem came in for Walsh's place. Ella Toone also missed out on a spot in the starting lineup as Wiegman changed the formation to a 3-5-2, having both Russo and Hemp upfront, and Lauren James just behind in the number 10.


The new formation worked its magic quickly, minutes into the game, with Alessia Russo scoring the opener for England. Bright managed to win the ball back brilliantly, switching it out wide to Daily but her cross was too deep. James kept it alive, allowing Russo to slot it home, taking England into the lead.

England started to pick up their pace, with a great chance from Hemp. Zelem played a magnificent pass through to Russo, who was unmarked down the left-hand side. She managed to find Lauren Hemp who was running in behind, however her first time shot was sent high over the crossbar. Hemp finally took her chance as she bagged a second for England. Her incredible first touch managed her to draw away from the Chinese defender slotting it past Zhu.


After already scoring one, Lauren James scores potentially the goal of the tournament. However, it was ruled offside by VAR as Lucy Bonze came from an offside position to receive the ball. James will be extremely disappointed that goal will not stand for her.


Englands World Cup clean sheet was gone after China pulled one back from a controversial VAR penalty decision. The shot struck Lucy Bronze's arm, after a nudge from Mary Earps, and after minutes of debating from VAR and the referee, Wang Shuang scored the penalty for China.


Lauren James still managed to pull off a wonder goal after an excellent pass from Jess Carter. James's first time finish soared into the top-right corner and she got her second of the match.

The goals from England just kept coming and it ended 6-1. The second half domination by England and A-star performance from Chloe Kelly when she got subbed on secured them top of the Group. They will now face Nigeria in the knock-out rounds.


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