England women beaten by China despite Eniola Aluko goal

Eniola Aluko
Eniola Aluko scored a first-half goal for England against China

Eniola Aluko's first-half goal was not enough to prevent England losing 2-1 to hosts China at the three-team CFA International Tournament.

Shuang Wang scored twice for China before Chelsea forward Aluko notched her 33rd international goal with a low finish from the left side of the box.

Midfielder Jill Scott went close after half-time while her Manchester City team-mate, keeper Karen Bardsley, saved to prevent England conceding a third.

England play Australia on 27 October.

England are ranked fifth in the world, 10 places above China who they beat 2-1 in the build-up to last summer's World Cup, where they reached the semi-finals.

Coach Mark Sampson gave a first start to Chelsea's Gilly Flaherty and Drew Spence and Laura Coombs also made their international debuts as second-half substitutes in Yongchuan.

Aluko did have a chance to equalise Wang's opening strike but failed to convert after being set-up by Lianne Sanderson, dragging her shot wide.

England's other opportunity of note fell to Izzy Christiansen but the Manchester City player failed to get a clean connection on Lucy Bronze's cut-back.

Line-ups

China Women

  • 12Wang
  • 2Liu
  • 14Zhao
  • 6Li
  • 24Jiao
  • 18HanSubstituted forWangat 55'minutes
  • 15LeiSubstituted forLouat 64'minutes
  • 19TanSubstituted forMeiziat 74'minutes
  • 7XuSubstituted forLiat 63'minutes
  • 9Wang
  • 11Wang

Substitutes

  • 10Li
  • 16Lou
  • 21Wang
  • 28Meizi

England Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 15Scott
  • 5Houghton
  • 12FlahertySubstituted forSpenceat 84'minutes
  • 4PotterBooked at 21mins
  • 2BronzeSubstituted forStokesat 65'minutes
  • 6Scott
  • 8ChristiansenSubstituted forCoombsat 89'minutes
  • 7Davison
  • 11Aluko
  • 19SandersonSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Stokes
  • 9Taylor
  • 10Kirby
  • 13Laws
  • 14Rafferty
  • 16Blundell
  • 17Spence
  • 18Coombs
  • 20Mead
  • 21Earps

Match Stats

Home TeamChina WomenAway TeamEngland Women
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, China Women 2, England 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, China Women 2, England 1.

Offside, China Women. Wang Lisi tries a through ball, but Lou Jiahui is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Li Ying (China Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Meizi Jiang.

Foul by Wang Lisi (China Women).

Alex Scott (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Laura Coombs replaces Isobel Christiansen.

Foul by Li Ying (China Women).

Jill Scott (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Drew Spence replaces Gilly Flaherty.

Attempt saved. Wang Shanshan (China Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wang Shuang.

Hand ball by Eniola Aluko (England).

Attempt saved. Wang Shanshan (China Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Wang Shuang (China Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Scott (England).

Corner, England. Conceded by Wang Fei.

Attempt saved. Eniola Aluko (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jodie Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, China Women. Meizi Jiang replaces Tan Ruyin.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Jodie Taylor replaces Lianne Sanderson.

Lou Jiahui (China Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jo Potter (England).

Corner, England. Conceded by Jiao Xue.

Attempt missed. Lou Jiahui (China Women) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Li Ying with a cross following a corner.

Corner, China Women. Conceded by Karen Bardsley.

Attempt saved. Wang Shanshan (China Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Li Ying.

Lou Jiahui (China Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lianne Sanderson (England).

Substitution

Substitution, England. Demi Stokes replaces Lucy Bronze.

Tan Ruyin (China Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jill Scott (England).

Substitution

Substitution, China Women. Lou Jiahui replaces Lei Jiahui.

Substitution

Substitution, China Women. Li Ying replaces Xu Yanlu.

Attempt saved. Lianne Sanderson (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucy Bronze with a cross.

Attempt saved. Lucy Bronze (England) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephanie Houghton with a headed pass.

Foul by Tan Ruyin (China Women).

Jill Scott (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, China Women. Wang Lisi replaces Han Peng.

Corner, England. Conceded by Wang Fei.

Attempt saved. Jill Scott (England) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucy Bronze.

Attempt saved. Isobel Christiansen (England) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephanie Houghton.

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