On one side of the medalists, on the other novices in the competition. For its first participation in the World Cup, the Scottish women's football team will face one of the most awaited formations of the tournament, the "Three Lionesses" of England. A derby grand-breton that will take place this Sunday at the stadium Allianz Riviera Nice. At the 2017 Women's Euro, the two teams had already met and England had crushed Scotland (6-0). The players of Shelley Kerr, the Scottish coach for two years, will have everything to win and will have to thwart the strong defense of their opponents.
Third at the previous Women's World Cup in 2015, the English women confirmed their international level with seven wins and one draw in qualifying. In March, they also shone by winning the fourth edition of the SheBelieves Cup tournament in the United States.
If today, on paper, the victory should logically return to the English, the Scots, in a new configuration, could give them a hard time. "We made our self-criticism and we understood that taking more risks offensively, we had the means to go further"said last September coach Shelley Kerr. Former captain of the women's team of Scotland, the boss intends to show the fangs and not to let slip this opportunity. With this historic selection for the World Cup, the one that led the Arsenal women's team from 2013 to 2014 winning the FA Cup twice, put all the fighting spirit of its players to compensate for their lack of experience in this level.
– Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) September 4, 2018
In qualifying, the Scots impressed by taking the win from their Polish opponents who led them from two goals to twelve minutes from the end. In better physical condition, they beat Albania, winning a place directly for the World Cup. Voted best player of the American championships, then English, the Scottish midfielder Kim Little will be particularly to follow.
To win, the Scots will have to move the strong English defense, illustrated by the player of the Olympique Lyonnais Lucy Bronze (27 years), but also be wary of the nuggets of the attack opponents, like Beth Mead (24) , Arsenal star, and Nikita Parris (25), recently approached by OL. On the field, both teams promise a snarling game, with one side the desire to keep his formidable team status, the other hoping to mark the national history. Because in football as in rugby, for men as for women, an England-Scotland match is a little more than sport.
Group D, this Sunday at 18 hours on TMC and Canal + Sports
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