Lauren James makes history as England demolish China to top Group D

Lauren James makes history as England demolish China

Chelsea women’s star Lauren James, continues to shine brightly at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, delivering yet another captivating performance as she propelled England to a dominant victory over China PR on Tuesday.Lauren James makes history as England demolish China

The match proved to be a disappointing outing for China PR, who endured a humiliating 6-1 defeat, dashing their hopes of advancing in the competition.

From the onset, England took control, securing a commanding 3-0 lead over China by halftime.

Lauren James stole the spotlight once again, orchestrating the opening goal just four minutes into the game, beautifully setting up Russo to slot the ball into the corner.

As the game progressed, James showcased her creativity again, slicing through China’s defense to provide a delightful assist that allowed Hemp to score at the Hindmarsh Stadium.

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Not content with just setting up her teammates, James decided to make her mark on the scoresheet as well.

Executing a cunning free-kick, she curved a shot past the unsuspecting defense, leaving the opposition goalkeeper with no chance to stop the ball from finding the net.

James displayed her scoring mentality once more in stoppage time, delivering a mesmerizing curling shot into the top corner.

However, her joy was short-lived as VAR deemed Bronze to be offside in the build-up, disallowing the goal.

The second half saw Lauren James and her teammates picking up where they left off, relentlessly pressing on the attack and scoring three more goals, while China managed to salvage a consolation goal.

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China made an attempt at a comeback and received a penalty through VAR after Bronze was penalized for a handball.

Wang Shaung successfully converted the penalty.

James followed up with a skillful volley to secure her second goal, and her precise throughball caused confusion for Zhu, leading to Kelly seizing the opportunity to score.

Late in the game, Daly capped off the scoring with an impressive volley of her own.

With her remarkable contributions, Lauren James became the first player to achieve a hat-trick of assists at the 2023 World Cup.

So far, she has tallied three goals and three assists in the tournament.

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She is also the youngest player to be directly involved in five goals in a single Women’s World Cup match.

This outstanding result catapults the Lionesses of England to the top of Group D with an impeccable nine points, maintaining a flawless winning record in the tournament.

As Group D winners, England now advances to the round of 16, where they will face the African giants – Super Falcons of Nigeria.

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