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Lauren James Powers England to Round of 16 in FIFA Women's World Cup

 Lauren James Powers England to Round of 16 in FIFA Women's World Cup

Lauren James Powers England to Round of 16 in FIFA Women's World Cup
Lauren James Powers England to Round of 16 in FIFA Women's World Cup(Image-Getty)

In an impressive display of skill and teamwork, Lauren James led England's charge into the Round of 16 of the FIFA Women's World Cup with a dominant 6-1 victory over China in Adelaide, Australia. The young star scored two goals and contributed three assists, leaving a significant impact on the game.

China's Shuang Wang managed to score a goal in the face of defeat, but their hopes of advancing from the group stage were dashed for the first time in a Women's World Cup.

Due to an injury to midfielder Keira Walsh, England relied heavily on the 21-year-old Lauren James, who emerged as the nation's rising star. A potential hat trick was narrowly missed when a video review disallowed a goal before halftime.

With an impeccable record of three wins in three matches, England claimed the top spot in Group D, ahead of Denmark, who also secured a spot in the knockout stage.

During the group stage matches, England saw James shine with three goals, and they now prepare to face Nigeria in the Round of 16 in Brisbane on Monday.

In addition to James, Alessia Russo was on target in the fourth minute, while Lauren Hemp found the net with James' assistance. James herself scored her first goal from the box in the 41st minute. Chloe Kelly and Rachel Daly also added their names to the scoresheet, contributing to England's impressive margin of victory in a Women's World Cup game.

Meanwhile, Denmark also impressed, securing a 2-0 win over Haiti in Perth, Australia. This marked the first time since 1995 that Denmark advanced from the group stage in the Women's World Cup. Pernille Harder and Sanne Troelsgaard were the goal scorers, with Harder converting a penalty after Dayana Pierre-Louis' handball. Troelsgaard sealed the victory in stoppage time, earning Denmark a place in the knockout round. Co-host Australia awaits them for their Monday match.

In Dunedin, New Zealand, the Netherlands showcased their prowess with a resounding 7-0 victory over Vietnam, securing the top spot in Group E. Esmee Brugts and Jill Roord were the stars of the show, both scoring two goals each. The Netherlands dominated early with five first-half goals, including strikes from Lieke Martens, Katja Snoeijs, Brugts, and Roord. The second half saw Brugts and Roord continue their scoring spree, securing a convincing win for the Netherlands.

Vietnam, despite showing commendable effort, concluded their first-ever Women's World Cup appearance with losses in all three of their games.

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