England opened their World Cup campaign with a narrow victory over rivals Scotland in a game where they showed glimpses of their potential.
After an open start, Nikita Parris scored from the spot on her World Cup debut after the penalty was awarded following a video assistant referee review. Ellen White doubled the advantage before the break as Phil Neville’s team dominated the first half. But Scotland, who were making their World Cup debut and are ranked 17 places below England at 20th in the world, took advantage as their opponents eased off in the second half and Claire Emslie slotted in from close range after Steph Houghton’s poor pass. Although they could not muster an equaliser, Shelley Kerr’s side vastly improved on their performance in the 6-0 defeat against England at Euro 2017, before the Scotland head coach was appointed.