Tokyo 2020: Ellen White scores brace as GB team kicks off Olympic campaign with win over Chile
Posted On July 21, 2021
Ellen White’s brace gave dominant GB a comfortable 2-0 victory over Chile in their opener at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Manchester City forward has scored in every half to give the GB squad a winning start to the season in Japan.
The fact that Hege Riise’s side failed to add to the score owes a lot to their own lavishness and desperate and ultimate defense against Chile.
They will now face the host nation in Sapporo on Saturday before playing against Canada in Kashima to complete Group E next Tuesday.
After Maria Jose Urrutia shot far for Chile from the start, Team GB took control in Sapporo and were denied a first game due to the offside flag after 11 minutes.
Whites shot at close range as Christiane Endler parried Georgia Stanway’s weak effort, but the forward’s celebrations were properly interrupted.
But the GB didn’t have to wait long as the Whites opened the scoring after 18 minutes.
The team – mostly made up of English players – had only played one warm-up match together and Riise was delighted with their performance. She said: “We’ve been waiting for this game for a long time and we were so excited to start. Getting off to a good start, winning, keeping them away from our goal, scoring two goals, that’s a good statement for the games to come. The way we started the game was amazing.
“The first 30 minutes were the best we’ve played and we kept going. It was not pretty the whole game but we fought and we managed to get the result we wanted. I asked for a good start and we had a great one. “
Riise, who won gold as a player with Norway in 2000, also reserved praise for Whites at Manchester City. She added: “We trust Ellen to score goals and she does it. Not just goals, she fights hard, she works 90 minutes to bring in goal or other players. She is important and brings in. a lot of confidence in this team. It’s a team work and we really stood out. We are very satisfied with the team that we have. We can put players and make the difference and it is the quality that we want. ”
Lucy Bronze’s deep cross was tilted by Lauren Hemp and White finished six yards.
Riise’s team was a constant threat, with Stanway having a shot blocked while Hemp and Millie Bright fired at the target.
Chile had been outplayed, especially in midfield, and Kim Little was thwarted as the GB team chased a second when his shot was blocked in the first half timeout.
The GB team continued their dominance after the break and Hemp fired on after a neat move before Chile survived a VAR scare when Carla Guerrero appeared to eliminate Whites, only to have the striker marginally out. Game.
Chile offered no threat, with Ellie Roebuck a spectator in the second half in goal, and White sealed the victory with 17 minutes remaining.
His shot was returned to bronze by Nikita Parris and the Manchester City player crossed for White for an acrobatic volley from six yards.
Rachel Daly shot Endler but the GB team didn’t need to push with the game already won.
Chile boss Jose Letelier said: “We knew Great Britain were a very powerful team. In the first half, we had some good proximity opportunities that we could have taken advantage of more. We have to be objective and we know Great Britain have been better than us in this game.
“We have a women’s team that continues to grow and we’re going to play our game to our full potential. We must learn from this in the future. “