England Beat Brazil on Penalties in the Women’s Finalissima at Wembley
In the inaugural Women’s Finalissima at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, England’s Lionesses showed resilience and determination to win on penalties against Brazil. The game ended 1-1 after Mary Earps spilled a cross and substitute Andressa Alves scored to level. However, England’s Chloe Kelly eventually scored the decisive penalty to secure the 4-2 victory and add another trophy to the cabinet, in front of a historic crowd of 83,132.
Wiegman Praises England’s Resilience
England coach, Sarina Wiegman praised the team’s resilience, highlighting the incredible environment they played in front of. Despite struggling in the second half against a Brazil side that pressed high, England held on and showed determination during the shootout. Ella Toone scored the opener for the Lionesses, but it was Kelly who once again stole the Wembley show, scoring the winner – a repeat of her performance in the 2020 Euros final.
Brazil Learn Lessons and Look to the World Cup
Brazil coach, Pia Sundhage, admitted that her side may have lost on penalties but saw it as a learning experience for the younger players. The game provided invaluable knowledge for Brazil’s journey to the World Cup, with Sundhage insisting that they take each opportunity to learn.
England’s Last Test Before the World Cup
With a penalty shootout win behind them, England’s attention now turns to their last match before the World Cup begins. They take on Australia in Brentford, where Wiegman will name her squad for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand on July 22.
Sarina Wiegman has praised her England side’s resilience after their penalties win over Brazil
The Lionesses won 4-2 in the shoot out after giving up an early 1-0 lead in stoppage time
Ella Toone scored England’s opener after 23 minutes to add to her reputation as a big-game player
They were then forced to penalties after a late equaliser from Andressa Alves, with Chloe Kelly eventually scoring the deciding spot kick
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