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And as our image of the day from the showpiece in France illustrates, Montpellier's Stade de la Mosson provided a stunning backdrop for a tense clash.
One goal would prove enough to separate the sides, with Beckie claiming the assist on her World Cup debut for Kadeisha Buchanan's matchwinner on the stroke of half-time.
The perfect start for the 2015 hosts and quarter-finalists...
You can read Caroline Oatway's match report HERE
The World Cup daily brief...
England impress in Nice as they get their Group D campaign off to a flyer.
The most striking daily image from the Women's World Cup in France.