The England Lionesses are driving towards two goals: the first, short-term goal was winning the first women’s Finalissima match against Brazil, while the second is the larger prize of the World Cup in 2023. The Lionesses’ victory on penalties was a testament to their mental resilience, as they conceded an equalizer late in the game before bouncing back in penalty shootout. Ella Toone’s strike gave England a lead, but Andressa’s stoppage time goal turned things around for Brazil. Speaking to ITV Sport, goalkeeper Mary Earps expressed her relief after England’s triumph and her will to inspire and encourage more youngsters, especially those aspiring to be in the goalkeeper position. England captain Leah Williamson, while acknowledging the team’s below-par performance, was delighted with the win and drew attention towards the World Cup. England manager Sarina Wiegman lauded her team’s mental strength and resilience and pledged to make the most of such valuable experiences.
The Lionesses have been inspiring young footballers of the future through their exploits over the last couple of years. However, as captain Leah Williamson pointed out, it is equally important to enjoy the successes along the way. Despite the challenges of the game being below their best, the Lionesses still managed to win the Finalissima, and their victory on penalties will stand them in good stead for the World Cup.
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