Ellen White made a dream start to her second Olympics – and insisted Team GB would only get better.
Nine years after playing a bit part in London 2012, Manchester City ’s England striker took centre stage in Sapporo.
Playing in stadium where David Beckham’s penalty famously beat Argentina at the 2002 World Cup, White was too hot for Chile to handle.
She scored twice as Team GB won easily on a day world champions USA suffered a stunning 3-0 loss to Sweden.
She then wasted no time warning that this was just an opening gambit by a squad with its heart set on a tournament win.
“I feel really proud to open the Olympic Games with Team GB,” said White, who scored in each half from pin-point crosses supplied by Lucy Bronze.