England women's player ratings vs Haiti: Rusty Millie Bright sums up sloppy Lionesses display in opening World Cup win

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England avoided a serious scare on Saturday as they ran out narrow 1-0 winners over Women's World Cup debutantes Haiti thanks to a Georgia Stanway penalty. The Caribbean nation were a serious threat on the counter throughout the match, benefiting from a number of errors from rusty skipper Millie Bright, while Lyon-bound teenager Melchie Dumornay ran the show in Brisbane.

But England broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark when Kethna Louis gave away a penalty for an outrageous handball. After seeing her first spot-kick saved, Stanway converted the retake to put the Lionesses 1-0 up.

There were plenty more chances for the Lionesses throughout the match, but opportunities were spurned by Alessia Russo, Lauren Hemp and Rachel Daly. The European champions needed goalkeeper Mary Earps to come up with a particularly big save late on, too, with Haiti substitute Roseline Eloissaint so close to netting an equaliser - one that wouldn't have been undeserved.

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