The Lionesses roared their way to victory in the first match of the World Cup.

Georgia Stanway held her nerve to score a retaken penalty to clinch the win.

The attacking midfielder had her first penalty saved in the match in Brisbane, after a handball by Haiti’s Batcheba Louis.

Fans were left on the edge of their seats until the video referee ruled the Haitian goalkeeper had moved off her line.

Undeterred by the drama, the Cumbrian-born Stanway, 24, kept her composure to find the back of the net.

The Lionesses kept a clean sheet with goalkeeper Mary Earps making a crucial save late on to retain their 1-0 lead and keep alive their dreams of building on their 2022 Euro win.

Ahead of the game, the Prince and Princess of Wales tweeted: “Good luck Lionesses, we’re all cheering you on!”

Fans were not left disappointed despite the nervy start.

The stadium was packed with 40,000 fans after die-hard supporters travelled Down Under to cheer them on. Lionesses supporters are reportedly the second-highest buyers of tickets for the tournament, after the US.

Stanway, who plays for Bayern Munich, was named player of the match. Speaking about the penalty, she said: “I was just focused on the ball, focused on the situation and blocked out everything.”

Manager Sarina Wiegman said: “It was a very hard game, I’m very happy with three points.”

Former England midfielder Karen Carney said: “Tournament football is about building momentum, getting points on the board and moving forward.

“There are definitely some positives to take from today.”

Fans agreed, with Emily Taylor, 45, and her wife Mel, from Cheshire among those who travelled to see the team in action.

“I absolutely did expect this sense of community because we go to lots of games in the UK. This is what happens when the Lionesses go abroad. We take the people with us,” Ms Taylor said.

Back home fans proudly wore England shirts and had their faces painted with the St George’s Cross as they watched.

Ex-Love Islander Amber Gill, Lioness and McDonald’s football ambassador Beth Mead and football freestyler Harriet Pavlou watched at a screening in Brighton.

Deborah Dilworth, head of women’s football at the Football Supporters Association, said: “England’s women’s fans are awesome.”

The Lionesses will next face Denmark on Friday. The Danes yesterday beat China 1-0.