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

  • 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

  • 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 TeamChinaAway TeamEngland
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, China Women 2, England 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, China Women 2, England 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Wang Lisi (China Women).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Laura Coombs replaces Isobel Christiansen.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Li Ying (China Women).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Drew Spence replaces Gilly Flaherty.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Eniola Aluko (England).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Alex Scott (England).

  16. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Wang Fei.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, China Women. Meizi Jiang replaces Tan Ruyin.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Jodie Taylor replaces Lianne Sanderson.

  20. Post update

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

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