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Taylor hat-trick leads England women to thumping win against Scotland

Taylor hat-trick leads England women to thumping win against Scotland

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Taylor hat-trick leads England women to thumping win against Scotland

Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan were also on target in their European Championship opener in Utrecht.

Jodie Taylor fired a brilliant hat-trick as England’s Lionesses roared to victory over Scotland in Utrecht.

The World Cup bronze medallists made the perfect start to their quest to become European champions for the first time, inflicting a 6-0 defeat on outclassed opponents.

Arsenal striker Taylor played the starring role, with Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan also getting in on the scoring act.

Tweet of the match

Star woman

Jodie Taylor
Taylor scores her hat-trick against Scotland (Mike Egerton/PA)

Jodie Taylor was on the pitch for less than an hour but produced the performance of the tournament so far, with her clinical hat-trick overwhelming Scotland. The 31-year-old has had a stop-start career with England but came good this time and will have defences quaking over her movement and sharp finishing.

Moment of the match

Ellen White
Ellen White follows up to score England’s third after Jill Scott’s long-range strike had hit the bar (Mike Egerton/PA)

Jill Scott would have had an early claim on goal of the tournament if her 30-yard strike had dipped just under the bar rather than smacked against it – but the ball came straight back out and Ellen White’s sharp reaction saw her bury the ball into the left corner. It was England’s third goal and a crushing blow to Scotland.

Stat of the match

Toni Duggan
England’s Toni Duggan (centre right) is mobbed after scoring the sixth goal (Mike Egerton/PA)

England had not won an opening match at a major finals since 2005, when they beat Finland at the Etihad Stadium. This time they got it right on the first night.

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