Vangsgaard headed against the post in the waning minutes of regulation, but England, with a standout performance by Lauren James, held on
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Lauren James Shines in Women’s World Cup Debut
England’s Lauren James scored six minutes into her Women’s World Cup debut on Friday to defeat Denmark 1-0.
England won back-to-back as substitute Amalie Vangsgaard headed against the post late in regulation.
The attacker, who scored Denmark’s 90th-minute winner against China in its Group D opener, beat England goalkeeper Mary Earps but hit the post.
After being called up by coach Sarina Wiegman, James made the critical play after being benched for the Lionesses’ opener against Haiti.
Lauren James’ Goal Leads England to Victory and Milestones
After collecting the ball outside the area, she curled a right-foot effort past Denmark goalkeeper Lene Christensen to put England ahead.
England’s first goal from open play in almost seven hours of international soccer put the team up for back-to-back triumphs at the opening of the World Cup.
The Lionesses tied Norway’s tournament record of 15 consecutive games with a goal.
The victory puts England on the cusp of progressing from Group D, but midfielder Keira Walsh damaged her knee in the first half and had to leave the field on a stretcher.