- 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
- Group 1 qualifier
- Friday 6 April 2018
- St. Mary’s, Southampton FC
ENGLAND FRUSTRATED BY WALES AS WORLD CUP QUALIFIER ENDS GOALLESS IN SOUTHAMPTONFri 08 Jun
A dominant England were kept at bay by neighbours Wales as Phil Neville’s first home match in charge ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw in Southampton.
The hosts controlled proceedings throughout but Laura O’Sullivan put in a player of the match performance in the Red Dragons’ goal to earn her side a point which keeps them atop World Cup qualifying Group 1.
Wales boss Jayne Ludlow set her side up in an ultra-defensive formation, often with all 11 players behind the ball, but the strategy worked and they stay one point clear of England on the road to France 2019, having played a game more.
England huffed and puffed but were unable to find a goal to cheer the 25,000 that had packed out St. Mary’s. It was the Lionesses’ biggest home attendance, outside Wembley, since the Euro 2005 opener against Finland.
As they have been throughout this qualifying campaign, England were on top from the off, although Carly Telford, making her first international start since September 2015, was the first keeper called into action.
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