England secures victory at the Finalissima, leaving Sarina Wiegman with much-needed answers before the World Cup. The Lionesses are knocking off continents, and the world is next. However, the victory over Brazil also revealed some weaknesses and flaws that could affect England’s examination during the World Cup. Being unbeaten in 30 games under Wiegman, the Lionesses have impressive mental strength, a quality that could help them win knockout football and serve as a lesson with bigger prizes on the horizon.
Ella Toone’s opener was a beautifully crafted goal created by an incisive exchange of passes between Lucy Bronze and Georgia Stanway. England’s entire structure allowed Bronze ample space to attack, and Lauren James’s movement inside occupied defenders, leaving Toone free to take advantage. Although sloppy from the start, England’s awakening from the European Champions proved too much for Brazil’s obdurate defense.
But the breakthrough eventually led to a change of approach from Brazil, and England’s play remained sloppy as the Lionesses began to be caught in possession. However, they showed remarkable spirit to pick themselves up again and secure a victory that will serve as a valuable lesson with bigger trophies on the horizon. Subscribe to Miguel Delaney’s Free Weekly Newsletter for Expert Football Insights straight to your inbox.
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