England breezed past South Korea in their first game of the Arnold Clark Cup by a score of 4-0. The Three Lionesses never looked to be in any danger as they dismantled their opposition in a composed and collected manner.
Sarina Wiegman’s team were held to a stalemate until the 40th minute, when former Manchester City star Georgia Stanway, who is now plying her trade with Frauen-Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, broke the deadlock with a well-taken penalty, which was won by Chelsea’s Lauren James.
In the second half, England began to hit their stride. They were 3-0 up by the 50th minute, with Chloe Kelly and Alessia Russo of Manchester United both stunning South Korea. Russo’s goal, in particular, was a delight to watch as she calmly dinked the ball over Kim at the near post.
The fourth goal was the icing on the cake. It capped off a player of the match performance from Lauren James, who ruthlessly hammered the ball into the back of the net.
Overall, England thoroughly dominated the game from start to finish. Not only did they enjoy 80% of the possession, they also rattled off 32 shots (12 on target) to South Korea’s two (one on target). It could have been more, but South Korea will be happy to have avoided a complete pasting.
England currently have one of the best international women’s football teams in the world right now. They look to be on course to win the Arnold Clark Cup – however, Italy and Belgium will likely provide sterner challenges.