England 3-0 Belgium, Euro 2022 warm-up: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 0 Molineux ( Attendance: 9,598 )
England kicked-off their Euro 2022 preparations with a comfortable 3-0 win over Belgium at Wolves’ Molineux stadium.
The Lionesses dominated the opening period without making it count and breaking the deadlock – Beth Mead, Ellen White and Georgia Stanway all culpable of not taking a number of chances.
And although England should have had a penalty as Mead went down in the box after a clumsy challenge from Feli Delacauw, it remained goalless at the break.
After a number of changes at the break, the Lionesses began to kick into gear with Lauren Hemp having another penalty claim waved away.
However, the Lionesses eventually broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute as substitute Chloe Kelly cut inside and fired home after good work from Lucy Bronze down the left.
Four minutes later, England doubled their advantage as another half-time substitute, Rachel Daly, struck a superb volley into the top corner.
And England wrapped up the scoring and the game with seven minutes remaining as Leah Williamson’s drilled effort bounced off the bar, hit Belgium keeper Nicky Evrard and went in.
England now face the Netherlands at Elland Road next Friday in their next pre-tournament game before finishing up with a fixture away to Switzerland in Letzigrund.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Sarina Wiegman’s changes at the break provided the Lionesses with real impetus to go on and win the game comfortably in the second-half.
Moan of the Match
The Lionesses frustrated in the opening period – dominating but failing to break the deadlock despite having a massive 14 chances.
Has Sarina Weigman’s half-time substitutes just played their way into the starting XI?
Tweet of the Match
Sara Persson (Sweden) – seemed reluctant to make any decision throughout the night and received a chorus of boos for not awarding England a 35th minute penalty.
An impressive turnout of 10,000 fans waved their England flags and cheered along to the Vuvuzelas throughout with even a Mexican wave occurring by the end.
A comfortable work-out in the end for Sarina Weigman’s side as the Lionesses’ unbeaten record under the Dutch coach continues.
Earps; Bronze, Bright, Wubben-Moy (Greenwood, 46), Stokes (Daly, 46); Williamson, Walsh; Mead (Kelly, 45), Stanway (Kirby, 61), Hemp (Parris, 81); White (England, 61)
Subs not used:
Hampton, Roebuck, Toone, Scott, Russo, Carter
Evrard; Deloose, Kees (Tison, 46), De Neve (Tysiak, 46), Philtjens (Missipo, 61); Wijnants (Vangheluwe, 73), Biesmans (Vanmechelen, 73), Delacauw (Dhont, 61), Minnaert; De Caigny; Wullaert
Subs not used:
Lichtfus, Lemey, Onzia, Eurlings, Van Kerkhoven, Janssens