Ellen White scores twice to give Team GB winning Olympic Games start over Chile
Team GB’s women’s football team got their Olympic Games off to a winning start with a 2-0 success over Chile in Group E.
It was the side’s first match at the Olympics since they reached the quarter-final in 2012 in London.
At a glance – 5 key things
- Manchester City striker Ellen White scored both goals to get Hege Riise’s side off to a winning start
- White opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Lucy Bronze’s deep cross was nodded back by Lauren Hemp and White cashed in from six yards.
- White’s second came with 17 minutes left. Her flick was laid off to Bronze by Nikita Parris and Bronze crossed for White to acrobatically volley in from six yards.
- White also had a first-half goal ruled out for offside, while Team GB missed a number of other chances.
- Team GB took the knee before kick-off.
What has been said?
Matchwinner Ellen White said: "It felt amazing [to score twice]. I feel really proud to be part of Team GB and scoring and contributing to the team felt amazing.
"We had total respect for Chile and what they could bring to the game. We wanted to focus on what we could do. There were moments when we had really great play. There are still things we need to work on but we are really pleased with the three points and we're really looking forward to facing Japan next."
What was the starting XI?
Scotland's Kim Little dictated play from central midfield - showing how crucial her role will be for the team in Japan - and Chelsea midfielder Sophie Ingle came on as a late substitute to become the first female Wales footballer to represent Team GB at the Olympics.
Team GB XI: Roebuck, Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Daly; Walsh (Ingle 69), Weir (Scott 90); Stanway, Little (Toone 90), Hemp (Parris 68); White.
What’s next for Team GB?
GB's next game is against hosts Japan on Saturday, 24th July in Sapporo before playing Canada in Kashima to complete Group E on Tuesday 27th July.