England vs Denmark Highlights: England Secure 1-0 Victory Against Denmark in Gripping FIFA Women’s World Cup Encounter

England keep their winning record intact in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 after an early goal from Lauren James.
Lauren James became the second youngest English player to score at the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Lauren James became the second youngest English player to score at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

In an enthralling Group D clash at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, England emerged victorious with a narrow 1-0 win over Denmark, keeping their perfect record intact. The match, held at the Sydney Football Stadium, saw an impressive display of skill and determination from both sides, but it was England who secured the early lead and held on to it despite facing challenges. Read about the best moments of the England vs Denmark match on our LIVE Blog below the match report.

First half: England vs Denmark

Lauren James became the second youngest English player to score at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The game kicked off with high energy, and it was England who drew first blood in the sixth minute. The young talent, Lauren James, made a memorable debut on the Women's World Cup stage by netting a spectacular goal from outside the box. The early lead buoyed the English spirits, and they continued to attack relentlessly, with Kelly, Russo, and James leading the charge from both flanks.

England's Kiera Walsh suffered a knee injury that forced her to be subbed off by Laura Coombs. Image: FIFA

Denmark, however, was not to be taken lightly, and they fought hard to make a comeback. The Danish players created several opportunities, but England's defence stood firm, denying any breakthroughs. Unfortunately, in the 35th minute, England suffered a setback as Kiera Walsh suffered a knee injury while reaching for the ball in midfield. She was taken off the field on a stretcher, and Laura Coombs was brought in as her replacement.

Second Half: England vs Denmark

The second half saw England remain proactive in their pursuit of another goal. Though they managed to create some promising opportunities, they couldn't capitalize on them, and Denmark's defence held firm. The Danes nearly found the equalizer through a Kathrine Kuhl flick, but their efforts were thwarted.

As the match entered its closing stages, Denmark introduced fresh attacking talent with Sorensen and Amalie Vangsgaard, the heroine of their previous match. The duo created a few chances, and England's defence faced some nervy moments. In the 87th minute, Denmark came agonizingly close to levelling the score as Amalie Vangsgaard's brilliant header struck the crossbar.

England faced some late pressure from Denmark, but they managed to dig deep and hold on to their slim lead. Despite the late scares, the English team showcased their resilience, ensuring they earned the full points. However, with coming games in mind, the Lionesses would surely love to have better finishing and more tenacity against tougher opponents.

Match Details | England vs Denmark

Group D
Date: Friday 28 July
Time: 2 pm IST, 18:30 Sydney, 09:30 London, 10:30 Copenhagen
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium

England vs Denmark | LIVE Blog


LINEUPS | England vs Denmark

England: Mary Earps, Lucy Bronze, Keira Walsh, Alex Greenwood, Millie Bright (C), Lauren James, Georgia Stanway, Rachel Daly, Ella Toone, Chloe Kelly, Alessia Russo

Denmark: Lene Christensen, Josefine Hasbo, Stine Ballisager, Rike Sevecke, Karen Holmgaard, Pernille Harder (C), Katrine Veje, Kathrine Kuhl, Rikke Marie Madsen, Janni Thomsen


1′ | Kick Off

Here we Go! One of the most anticipated matches of Group D begins!

6′ | Goal: ENG 1- 0 DEN

Lauren James becomes the second youngest English player to score in FIFA WWC.

Goal from Lauren James. You cannot give that much space to a player of her ability. She had a good look at the goal from outside the box. A right-footed strike into the left of the goal. She is now the second youngest FIFA Women's World Cup goal scorer for England!

13′ | England now have scored in15 consecutive FIFA WWC matches

England have never lost a FIFA Women's World Cup game after scoring first.

20′ | Lauren James again

England players are now looking at their ease with the Danish defence. Lauren now had two back-to-back chances inside the box. Great balls from Lawrence Bronze and Chloe Kelly.

24′ | A chance for Rikke Marie Madsen

A brilliant turn from Madesn who created a space for herself to get a go in the right of the box. Unfortunately, she was just wide of the goal this time.

26′ | Denmark trying to make a comeback

Janni Thomsen had received a great cross from Madsen. But, she miscues the shot and shoots it over the goal. A good few minutes from Denmark in the England vs Denmark clash.

28′ | Shot on target from Harder

A good run from the Danish captain from the left. She tries to go past Greenwood. Mary Earps makes her first save of the match.

30′ | Bronze's loopy header nearly goes in

Bronze's header from a corner nearly went in for England. Christesen was there though to jump and punch it over the bar. But, she did not have to do anything this time.

35′ | Wlash is injured and it does not look good

Keira Walsh was taken off the ground after being injured. Image: FIFA

Keira Walsh looks seriously injured and it does not look good for her. She puts her hands up immediately. It is her right knee. The docs are on the field and it looks like she would not be able to continue.

37′ | Change for Lionesses

A forced replacement for England. Laura Coombs replaces injured Keira Walsh.

45′ | Four stoppage time

Four minutes are added to the first half.

Half-time: England 1-0 Denmark

England have been great with their presence in the Danish half, mostly inside the box. However, after conceding an early goal, Denmark have done well to stay in the match. Madsen and Harder tried their luck with a few shots. England lead by 1-0 with a classy finish by Lauren James.

46′ | Second half starts

More exciting things coming up with both teams looking for a win here. Denmark surely will try to get to the final third more.

47′ | Bronze again at it

Bronze's stretched left foot nearly made it 2-0 for the Lionesses. Two back-to-back corners for them just after the whistle. Denmark are under pressure.

51′ | Mistake from Bright but Greenwood saves England

A rare mistake from the English captain. But, Greenwood was there to save them from anything bizarre.

53′ | Kathrine Kuhl with an opportunity for Denmark

Khul could have done more with that opportunity here. She just flicks the ball with her right foot rather than shooting it hard from inside the box. Mary Earps grabs it easily.

56′ | A hat-trick of corners for England

A high-pressing England are finding the better-off Danish defence.

65′ | Battle of the mid-field continues

England's tenacity has been a bit down. Meanwhile, Denmark trying to break into the final third. The battle to hold the ball continues.

71′ | Amalie Vangsgaard comes in for Denamrk

Last match's heroine Amaile Vangsgaard comes in for Josefine Hasbo. Denmark looking to press more!

76′ | Frederikke Thogersen and Nicoline Sorensen come in for Denmark

Double change for Denmark in the England vs Denmark match.

76′ | Beth England comes in for England

Beth England and Lauren Hemp come in for England to bring some fresh leg in the attack.

85′ | Denmark with three forwards now

Denmark looking desperate for a goal now with three upfront players for them. Sorensen from the left looking threatening as well.

87′ | Almost an equaliser for Denmark

It was Amalie Vangsgaard again with an attempt. She hits the bar with a solid header.

90′ | 4 stoppage time

Four added minutes to the full-time.

Full time | England vs Denmark: ENG 1-0 Denmark

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