England Vs Scotland World Cup Clash Breaks Viewing Record And Almost Beats Europa League Final

England's 2-1 victory over Scotland in the Women's World Cup attracted almost the same amount of viewers as the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Record viewing figures for the women's match saw 6.1m people tune in, just 200,000 shy of Europa League final in Baku.

But it marks a major milestone after the figures beat the previous record of 4m for the Euro 2017 semi-final clash between England and Netherlands.

England's win over Scotland might have been more popular than the Three Lions' victory over Switzerland in the Nations League third-placed playoff, according to reports.

BBC sports editor Dan Roan claims that Sky Sports' coverage for the men's match peaked at 1.2m, which was a 15 per cent share and the average audience being 1.03m.

The England and Scotland women's teams also attracted higher viewing figures than most Premier League matches -- which are on paid-for TV.

‏BT Sport's most-watched live match last season was Liverpool against Arsenal as 1.7m tuned in.

The Lionesses took a 2-0 lead against Scotland in the first half thanks to Nikita Parris and Ellen White.

Phil Neville's side were able to secure a narrow victory, despite Claire Emslie pulling one back for her side in the second half.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

England have moved to the top of Group D, with the Three Lionesses boss admitting that he was happy with the result.

"I was pleased with the result. The first game is always the most difficult game, but we set certain standards and the players know we need to keep meeting those standards," he told BBC Sport.

"If we don't, we get second-half performances like we just got. We've got to be relentless now.

"I think at 2-0 in this heat, we thought it was going to be easy in the second half. It's a lesson that every game in this World Cup is going to be difficult."

England resume their World Cup campaign on Friday when they take on Argentina at the Stade Océane.

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