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England Ease To Victory

Lionesses net five in ruthless performance

28 November 2017

The Lionesses saw off Kazakhstan in emphatic fashion on Tuesday night, scoring five goals in a completely dominant display.

The win ensures that England maintain their winning start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, winning all three games and still yet to concede.

The Lionesses came out of the blocks racing and Melissa Lawley opened the scoring with just 14 minutes played, after firing past Oksana Zheleznyak from ten yards.

Jodie Taylor thought she’d doubled the lead, but after calmly slotting her effort into the top corner, referee Lois Otte ruled out the goal for offside.

Alex Greenwood had a fine effort tipped over the bar on the stroke of half time and with that, the Lionesses went into the break with a one goal advantage.

Zheleznyak took a knock after a coming together in the Kazakhstan box in the opening 45 minutes and she was replaced by Irina Sandalova at the interval.

The Lionesses started the second half as they finished the first and it wasn’t long before they got that much needed second goal.

After coming on as a substitute, Fran Kirby doubled the lead from the spot after Bibigul Nurusheva was deemed to have handled the ball in the Kazakhstan box.

With that goal, the floodgates appeared to open; Nikita Parris finally got on the scoresheet when she rifled the ball into the roof of the net with 68 minutes on the clock.

Just seven minutes later, she had her second and the Lionesses fourth after slotting home from inside the box after some mesmerising build up play.

The rout was completed after another substitute, Isobel Christiansen poked the ball over line from close range following a perfectly placed cross from Alex Greenwood.

With the game entering its final phases, Sandalova made a wonderful triple save to deny Greenwood, Kirby and Parris which was arguably the moment of the night.

Parris did have one final effort in an attempt to compete her hat-trick, but Sandalova again made a good save to keep the score at 5-0.

It was a really strong performance from the Lionesses, who really showed their class and power, leaving the packed out Weston Homes Community Stadium enthralled.


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