Day 2 at the Cyprus Cup saw England and Canada take control of their respective groups.
England 3-0 Australia
Jodie Taylor scored a hat trick for her first three goals at the senior international level, lifting England past Australia, 3-0. It was only Taylor’s fifth match with England, but she helped cement her spot at the World Cup against a good Australia team. England are now on pace to make the final for the third straight year. They won the tournament in 2013. Katie Chapman also returned to England for the first time since September 2010. The mother of three previously had issues with former coach Hope Powell over childcare support.
England: 1 Karen Bardsley (Manchester City); 2 Alex Scott (Arsenal), 5 Steph Houghton (C; Manchester City), 6 Laura Bassett (Notts County), 14 Alex Greenwood (Notts County); 7 Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), 8 Jill Scott (Manchester City), 17 Katie Chapman (Chelsea), 11 Karen Carney (Birmingham City); 9 Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), 10 Fran Kirby (Reading).
Substitutes: 16 Fara Williams (Liverpool) for J Scott 60, 22 Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal) for Kirby 71, 15 Amy Turner (Notts County) for A Scott 88, 4 Jo Potter (Birmingham City) for Houghton 90+1.
Australia: 1 Brianna Davey, 3 Alanna Kennedy, 4 Clare Polkinghorne (C), 5 Laura Alleway, 6 Servet Uzunlar, 7 Stephanie Catley, 8 Elise Kellond-Knight, 11 Lisa De Vanna, 19 Katrina Gorry, 23 Michelle Heyman, 26 Larissa Crummer.
Substitutes: 10 Emily Van-Egmond for Gorry 61, 22 Nicola Bolger for Kennedy 61, 16 Hayley Raso for Uzunlar 71, 9 Caitlin Foord for Crummer 71, 21 Mackenzie Arnold for Davey 76
Canada 1-0 Korea Republic
Christine Sinclair scored her sixth goal of the year in as many matches, finding net one minute after halftime to lift Canada past Korea Republic, likely setting up a Canada-England final for a rematch of the 2013 championship. Jessie Fleming was sent off in the 66th minute after receiving a second yellow card. The 16-year-old scored her first senior goal on Wednesday.
#CanWNT starting XI: McLeod (GK), Wilkinson, Buchannan, Moscato, Chapman, Scott, Schmidt, Fleming. Belanger, Tancredi and Sinclair
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) March 6, 2015
Here's our starting XI:Davey, Uzunlar, Polkinghorne, Alleway, Catley, Kellond-Knight, Kennedy, Gorry, Crummer, Heyman & De Vanna #AUSvENG
— Westfield Matildas (@TheMatildas) March 6, 2015
Italy 3-2 Scotland
Stefania Tarenzi scored in stoppage time to lift Italy past Scotland, who scored an 81st-minute equalizer through captain Kim Little. Christina Girelli gave Italy a two-goal lead with strikes in the 19th minute and 68th minute before Emma Mitchell got one back for Scotland in the 70th minute. Scotland falls to 0-2 in the competition after losing to Canada on Wednesday.
— Scotland (@ScottishFA) March 6, 2015
Czech Republic 0-1 Mexico
Teresa Noyola’s goal in the 63rd minute stood up for Mexico as El Tri won its second straight game to start the tournament.
Finland 0-0 Netherlands
One point from two games and England still to play isn’t ideal for the Netherlands, but this tournament will be a good learning experience if nothing else.
Belgium 0-1 South Africa
Samford University’s Jermaine Seoposenwe scored the lone goal of the game in the 21st minute.
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