Top Level Experience The Difference

Chile 0-2 Great Britain

by Jean-Pierre Thiesset

Shown above, Ellen White celebrating (Photo via iNews).

It was not easy for Chile against a strong Team GB side. However, the South Americans tried to play when they had the ball, and they did not sit back and defend.

La Roja Femenina’s undoing often came on high balls, in the midfield and on crosses into their box. This was notably reflected in Great Britain’s opening goal on 18 minutes when the hugely impressive Lauren Hemp, picked out by Impetus’ Darrell Allen as Team GB’s one to watch, played in Ellen White to poke home.

Great Britain dominated the first half with 62% possession and Chile players had only two shots, one of which was on target. Christiane Endler was, as usual, at her best and ensured that Team GB only led 1-0 at half time by saving three potential further goals.

In this first half Chile midfielder Francisca Lara did a rather good job (more than 20 balls played, 17 passes with 16 successful), but it was not enough to put the danger in front of the Great Britain goal.

Above: Caroline Weir (11) in possession for Team GB with Lauren Hemp (left) and Chile’s Maria Jose Urrutia. Photo: The News Motion

Chile tried to start the second half by playing quicker but it lasted only a few minutes and Team GB took charge again, mustering virtually identical possession stats.

During this second half, Chile had no shot at all, while, Great Britain had eight and doubled their lead after 73 minutes when Lucy Bronze’s ball in was met by White’s acrobatics for 2-0.

The last fifteen minutes were a real challenge of the game were a real challenge for Chile as Great Britain pushed to increase their advantage – ultimately to no avail.

Despite the defeat, this Chilean team are pleasant to watch and showed that they can play good football but the difference in experience and higher level exposure between themselves and Team GB was too big a gulf to bridge.

Teams: CHILE: Endler, Guerrero, Lara, Lopez Opazo, Araya, Urrutia, Aedo, Lopez Pardo, Zamora, Saez. Substitutes: Ramirez, Acuna, Campos, Balmaceda, Toro, Gres, Mardones.

GREAT BRITAIN: Roebuck, Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Daly, Walsh, Weir, Stanway, Little, Hemp, White. Substitutes: Stokes, Ingle, Parris, Telford, Williamson, Scott, Toone.

Scorers: White 18, 73.

Referee: Salima Mukansanga

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