England start victorious in front of record crowd at Euros

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Hosts England started their Euro 2022 campaign in victorious fashion by beating Austria 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 68,871 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Beth Mead grabbed the decisive goal in the 16th minute for the Lionesses and although Sarina Wiegman’s side struggled to create clean chances, they will be delighted with the three points.

Austria were on the back foot for much of the game but nearly equalized in the 78th but England keeper Mary Earps did well to deny a curling effort from Barbara Dunst.

England’s other Group A rivals, Northern Ireland and Norway, will play against Southampton on Thursday.