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England 1 (Christiansen 50) Australia 0
Isobel Christiansen scored the only goal of the game as England ended their Far East adventure with a deserved 1-0 win over World Cup quarter finalists Australia in Yongchuang.
The Manchester City midfielder, who made a goalscoring start to her international career against Estonia last month, was played in by club mate Lucy Bronze and beat Aussie goalkeeper Lydia Williams from an acute angle to seal the victory.
The Lionesses might have won the game by a greater margin as Eniola Aluko hit the bar in the first half and Jill Scott, who was celebrating her 100th cap, hit two efforts over the top after the break. The milestone midfielder then found Jodie Taylor inside the box but the 29-year-old was foiled by Lydia Williams.
Christiansen's goal will provide Mark Sampson's squad with a timely boost, with European champions Germany and then Bosnia-Herzegovina up next for them in November. There were two changes from Friday's 2-1 defeat by China, with Demi Stokes and Claire Rafferty coming in for Gemma Davison and Lianne Sanderson, as Sampson tried a 4-4-1-1 formation - with Christiansen tucked in behind Aluko.
England began well too, with Aluko and Lucy Bronze hitting early efforts just over the top. Matildas forward Samantha Kerr then had a couple of shots of her own in quick succession. The first was a low, angled drive which was well held by Karen Bardsley. The second a 10-yard half volley from Katrina Gorry's cross, but she was denied once more by the Manchester City keeper's reflexes.
Emily Van Egmond was the next Australian to go close, when heading Stephanie Catley's cross over the bar from just six yards out. But the nearest either side came to breaking the deadlock in the first half was when Aluko smashed a shot against the bar from eight yards out after Bronze's right sided cross fell invitingly for her.
Bronze was at the heart of the action again as England took the lead just after the restart - and it was a goal made in Manchester. City defender Stokes chipped a ball out to the far side, which club mate Bronze helped on first time. The weight of the pass was perfect and Christiansen, another Blue, clipped home a neat finish from a tight angle.
Moments later, Scott had a great chance to mark her special day with a goal, but she could only blaze wildly over when well placed inside the box. She had another effort just after the hour mark when Taylor, who scored a hat-trick the last time these two sides met, laid the ball off - unfortunately for the 28-year-old it was the same outcome as before.
The roles were reversed soon after as Scott picked out Taylor with a pinpoint through ball. Williams raced from her line to narrow the angle and saved the Portland Thorns striker's shot with her legs. The pair dovetailed yet again as Taylor prodded Scott's pass into the net from inside the box but the assistant referee's flag had already been raised for an offside.
Australia rallied late on but to little effect as England signed off from their two-game stay in China with a deserved victory.
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Claire Rafferty, Gilly Flaherty, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Alex Scott, Isobel Christiansen (sub Laura Coombs 90mins), Eniola Aluko (sub Jodie Taylor 57mins), Jo Potter, Demi Stokes. Subs not used: Rachael Laws, Mary Earps, Gemma Davison, Fran Kirby, Hannah Blundell, Drew Spence, Lianne Sanderson, Beth Mead.
Australia: Lydia Williams, Larissa Crummer (sub Kyah Simon 60mins), Laura Alleway, Georgia Yeoman (sub Alanna Kennedy 72mins), Stephanie Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight, Caitlin Foord, Emily Van-Egmond, Lisa De Vanna, Katrina Gorry (sub Tameka Butt 60mins), Samantha Kerr. Subs not used: Mackenzie Arnold, Clare Polkinghorne, Amy Harrison, Tara Andrews, Hayley Raso, Caitlin Cooper, Michelle Heyman.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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