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Great Britain 2 (White 18,72)
Chile 0

Ellen White scored both goals as Great Britain got off to a winning start in their group in the Olympic Games.
 
The Manchester City striker netted once in each half to hand her side a comfortable victory but they will be fully aware of much sterner tests to come in their other group matches.
 
Team GB thought they had made the breakthrough on ten minutes as Georgia Stanway strode forward to the edge of the area and her shot was parried by Christiane Endler into the path of Ellen White who slotted home the rebound, but an offside flag ruled out the strike.
 
However eight minutes later, they did take the lead when Lucy Bronze broke down the right and floated a cross to the far post, where Lauren Hemp did well to nod down and give White a simple finish from five yards out.
 
Caroline Weir had a shot charged down and Hemp fired over as Team GB continued to dominate matters, whilst Little also saw an effort blocked from the edge of the area.
 
Chile had their best spell of the match leading up to half time but without seriously troubling Ellie Roebuck in the GB goal, leaving Hege Riise's side one ahead at the interval and maybe disappointed not to have a firmer control on the scoreline.
 
After the break, Stanway saw a shot saved by Endler whilst the game continued in the same pattern as the first half, with GB dictating possession but unable to increase their lead.
 
Bronze had an opportunity as she headed over the bar from a Nikita Parris cross but two minutes later, the full back was to turn provider for the second goal. Little fed Bronze on the right where she took a touch to open up some space before clipping the ball into the centre for an unmarked White to volley in from six yards.
 
The game was over as a contest and the opportunity was taken to make a number of substitutions as it came to a close. An ideal start for GB came to an end and they will approach their second game against hosts Japan in good heart and with confidence but a much tougher task is expected this time.
 
The other group game between Japan and Canada finished in a 1-1 draw, new Arsenal signing Mana Iwabuchi scoring a late equaliser for the host nation after Christine Sinclair had given the Canadians a first half lead.
 
Great Britain: Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Keira Walsh (sub Sophie Ingle 69mins), Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Caroline Weir (sub Jill Scott 90mins), Kim Little (sub Ella Toone 90mins), Ellen White, Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp (sub Nikita Parris 69mins). Subs not used: Carly Telford, Demi Stokes, Leah Williamson.
 
Chile: Christiane Endler, Nayadet Lopez (sub Rosario Balmaceda 81mins), Daniela Pardo, Carla Guerrero, Camila Saez, Yesenia Lopez (sub Maria Mardones 70mins), Karen Araya, Francisca Lara, Daniela Zamora, Maria Jose Urrutia, Yanara Aedo (sub Yenny Acuna 78mins). Subs not used: Fernanda Ramirez, Natalia Campos, Javiera Toro, Javiera Grez.

 

 
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