In a thrilling Women’s World Cup opener for both teams on Saturday at Lang Park, Georgia Stanway of England made sure her retaken penalty counted to give the Lionesses a 1-0 victory over debutants Haiti.
Stanway took two penalty kicks after Haitian goalkeeper Kerly Theus left her goal early to block the Bayern Munich player’s initial attempt, which was given following a handball.
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The midfielder bounced back from the error and tucked her second chance into the far corner to the joy of the many England supporters in the audience. Coach Sarina Wiegman also celebrated by pumping her fist.
As the current European champions, Wiegman’s Lionesses are ranked fourth, 49 ranks ahead of the nation of Haiti, and are one of the favorites to win the World Cup.
Drama was abundant in the first half as England was denied a penalty early in the match. Although VAR ruled that there had been a foul before the Manchester City forward went down in the box, Chloe Kelly appeared to have been fouled in the box.
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A Haitian defender looked to be fouled in the box by Alessia Russo. Eventually, Haiti was given a free kick, but Dayana Pierre-Louis was still given a booking for fouling Kelly.
Prior to the game, Lionesses manager Wiegman had to make many difficult decisions about her starting lineup, with the most interesting of them being the choice to start Arsenal’s Russo over Aston Villa’s Daly.
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Who is Karly Theus?
The 24-year-old Kerly Théus was born on January 7, 1999. She is a goalkeeper for the Haiti women’s national team and Aigle Brillant AC.
Théus played for the Haitian under-20 national team in all three of the team’s games at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the group’s first-ever significant women’s international competition. She has played for the senior Haitian national team, most notably on January 28, 2020, when Haiti faced the United States in a CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship match.