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Team GB’s Women celebrated a first Olympic soccer match in 9 years with a thumping 2-0 win

Summary List PlacementIn its first Olympic match in nine years, Team GB's Women team produced a dominant performance to beat Chile 2-0. Manchester City's Ellen White, who is the fifth top scorer in history for her country England, opened the scoring in the 18th minute when she prodded home from inside the six-yard box. White then doubled GB's lead with a well taken volley in the 73rd minute. Great Britain dominated possession from the outset and it was not long before the team had the ball in the net. White, who scored 10 goals in 22 appearances in last season's Women's Super League,...

Team GB Women celebrate during its opening Tokyo 2020 game against Chile

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In its first Olympic match in nine years, Team GB’s Women team produced a dominant performance to beat Chile 2-0.

Manchester City‘s Ellen White, who is the fifth top scorer in history for her country England, opened the scoring in the 18th minute when she prodded home from inside the six-yard box.

White then doubled GB’s lead with a well taken volley in the 73rd minute.

Great Britain dominated possession from the outset and it was not long before the team had the ball in the net.

White, who scored 10 goals in 22 appearances in last season’s Women’s Super League, was in the right place to convert a rebound in the 10th minute after Chilean goalie Christiane Endler parried a shot into her path, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Eight minutes later and Great Britain was ahead. Bronze, a teammate of White’s at Manchester City, dribbled down the right flank before sending a cross to the back post. 

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Lauren Hemp, another Manchester City player, rose and won an aerial duel with her opponent, allowing her to head the ball back across goal for White, who tapped into an empty net.

Great Britain looked comfortable throughout the first half, but was unable to add to their advantage before the half time break.

The second period began in the same vein as the first with Great Britain pushing for a second goal.

It eventually got that goal in the 73rd minute when Bronze and White combined again. The right back skipped past her marker before floating a pass towards an unmarked White.

The 32-year-old striker rotated her body to allow her to raise her foot and volley past a helpless Endler.

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The goal put the result beyond doubt and Chile ended the game having had just one shot.

With the victory, Team GB moved to the top of its group ahead of the Japan against Canada game on Wednesday. Team GB’s next match is against the hosts, Japan, on Saturday July 24.

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