Women’s World Cup 2019: England win over Scotland breaks all-time TV audience record

England victory over Scotland at the Women’s World Cup 2019 on Sunday was the most watched women’s game of all time in the United Kingdom.

The opening fixture in Group D, played at Nice’s Allianz Riviera stadium and broadcast live on BBC One, attracted a peak audience of 6.1m viewers.

Around 38 per cent of the available television audience witnessed Nikita Parris’ controversial penalty and an Ellen White goal earn England a 2-1 win and all three points.

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Scotland, who scored a late consolation through Claire Emslie, will hope for a positive result against Japan on Friday to boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages.

Audiences are expected to grow further if both home nations progress from Group D, with England head coach Phil Neville confident of progressing far in the tournament.


England vs Scotland player ratings





1/22 Karen Bardsley – 6 out of 10

2/22 Lucy Bronze – 8

3/22 Steph Houghton – 7

4/22 Millie Bright – 7

5/22 Alex Greenwood – 7

6/22 Jill Scott – 7

7/22 Keira Walsh – 6

8/22 Nikita Parris – 9

9/22 Fran Kirby – 6

10/22 Beth Mead – 6

11/22 Ellen White – 7

12/22 Lee Alexander – 7

13/22 Sophie Howard – 7

14/22 Jenny Beattie – 6

15/22 Rachel Corsie – 6

16/22 Nicola Docherty – 5

17/22 Christie Murray – 7

18/22 Caroline Weir – 6

19/22 Claire Emslie – 6

20/22 Kim Little – 6

21/22 Lisa Evans – 6

22/22 Erin Cuthbert – 5

1/22 Karen Bardsley – 6 out of 10

2/22 Lucy Bronze – 8

3/22 Steph Houghton – 7

4/22 Millie Bright – 7

5/22 Alex Greenwood – 7

6/22 Jill Scott – 7

7/22 Keira Walsh – 6

8/22 Nikita Parris – 9

9/22 Fran Kirby – 6

10/22 Beth Mead – 6

11/22 Ellen White – 7

12/22 Lee Alexander – 7

13/22 Sophie Howard – 7

14/22 Jenny Beattie – 6

15/22 Rachel Corsie – 6

16/22 Nicola Docherty – 5

17/22 Christie Murray – 7

18/22 Caroline Weir – 6

19/22 Claire Emslie – 6

20/22 Kim Little – 6

21/22 Lisa Evans – 6

22/22 Erin Cuthbert – 5

“I want us to play like we did in the first half for 90 minutes,” Neville said after the victory, played in front of a crowd of 13,188.

“We need to be relentless now as we want to be here for the next 37 days and to do that then every single one of us, myself included, have got to keep driving the standards all the time. The standards start with me.”

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