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Howard starts in World Cup defeat to Lionesses

Moore remains on bench for England as Royals face off in France

10 June 2019

England and Scotland played out a tense, evenly-matched encounter in France as both nations got their World Cup campaigns underway on Sunday evening.

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And there was Royal involvement, too, as Sophie Howard was Scotland's starting right-back, but it was Royals teammate, Jade Moore and the Lionesses who emerged as 2-1 victors on the night in Nice.

The match, watched by 6.1m people on BBC One on Sunday, comes in as the most-watched women's football match ever in the UK.

In a first half that England dominated, VAR intervened to give the Lionesses a penalty when former Reading star, Fran Kirby's attempted cross grazed off the arm of Nicola Docherty in the area.

Lyon striker, Nikita Parris duly dispatched the spot kick high into the top corner to hand England the advantage.

Kirby was involved again for England's second, deftly touching through the legs of her marker before Ellen White bent a strike into the top corner, handing the Lionesses a two-goal lead at the break.

Howard and Scotland were resurgent in the second half, however, putting England under pressure as they looked to assert themselves and get back into the game.

And they did pull one back with 10 minutes remaining, as Lisa Evans powered through the England defence, before chipping a lay-off to strike partner, Claire Emslie, who fired into the roof of the net and set up an entertaining finish in Nice.

Phil Neville's Lionesses held on to secure victory, though, and England sit top of Group D after their first match. Royals star Moore was an unused sub for England, but will be hoping to get her first match action of the tournament when the Lionesses play Argentina on Friday 14th June (5pm kick-off).

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Next up for Howard and Scotland, they will be gunning for their first points of the tournament, taking on Japan on Friday afternoon (2pm kick-off).


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