28 February 2019 12:55

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England beats Brazil, 2-1, to open SheBelieves Cup with come-from-behind win

Beth Mead lashed home a second-half winner as England made a strong start to their SheBelieves Cup campaign in Philadelphia with victory over Brazil. England had trailed to an early Andressa Alves penalty but equalised through Ellen White shortly after the break before Mead's long-range effort grabbed the points with 16 minutes to go. It was an impressive recovery from Phil Neville's side who face further games against the United States and Japan in the four-team tournament as they continue preparations for this summer's World Cup in France. Andressa sent the Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford the wrong way from the spot and Brazil were relatively comfortable holding on to their lead despite half-chances for Nikita Parris and Fran Kirby. England started the second half with much more purpose and were level within four minutes when Birmingham striker White steered a low left-foot shot across Brazil keeper Aline after being played in by Kirby.


England v Brazil: SheBelieves Cup – live! Parris could have put England in front after surging into the right side of the Brazil box only to fire straight at Aline instead of squaring for White, who lurked unmarked in front of goal. But Mead made up for that error of judgment less than 10 minutes later when she picked up the ball outside the box on the right and, spotting Aline off her line, smashed home a rising effort from a tight angle. Beth Mead and Ellen White led a second-half resurgence by England Women as Phil Neville's side came back from behind to open their SheBelieves Cup campaign with a victory against Brazil. Birmingham City's White provided the perfect start to the second half to kick-start the turnaround with a goal from her only significant chance of the game, which she made look easy when it came.

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By full-time in Philadelphia, the Lionesses had restored the expected order thanks to a brilliant strike by Arsenal youngster Mead, catching the goalkeeper off guard and bending it in from the right. England will now travel to Nashville to play World Cup holders USA on Saturday night, with kick-off at 9.30pm UK time, and then to Tampa to play Japan. Dictating the tempo was always going to be the key to this game, but in the first half, England struggled to cope with the Brazilian high press and simply couldn't clear their lines. Despite only making an impact for about two seconds of the match, White showed why she is England's top scorer in the SheBelieves Cup and deserves to lead the line for her country. The 29-year-old striker turned the game on its head with her equaliser, reading the weight of Kirby's through ball and seizing on her only proper opportunity immediately after the break.


The decision to award Brazil an opportunity from the spot defined the first half and England took until after the break to recover from the shock of going a goal down. Perhaps Marta's reputation served her well, and perhaps Bronze careering into her calves straight after a sensational piece of skill by the Brazilian wasn't a good look, but ultimately the penalty shouldn't have stood: it was a finely timed challenge by the Lyon full-back. For 45 minutes, England looked some way off the World Cup-winning team he is so confident they can be, but his astute in-game tinkering - mainly adding defensive reinforcements to snuff out Brazil's threat down the right - gave his side the platform to exert their will on proceedings with greater flair. One day after Neville had cautioned his side had to be more clinical than they were the last time they faced Brazil, and 102 days before their World Cup opener against Scotland, this was a half for him to view through latticed fingers. Media playback is not supported on this device SheBelieves Cup: England 2-1 Brazil highlights Beth Mead's spectacular winner helped England come from behind to beat Brazil 2-1 in the opening game of the SheBelieves Cup. Andressa Alves put Brazil ahead from a controversial penalty after 16 minutes.

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But Ellen White levelled from a tight angle early in the second half, before Mead's brilliant clincher gave Phil Neville's side victory. Speaking before the match, the former England international said that even though the SheBelieves Cup is an invitational event, the results were crucial with the Women's World Cup only three months away. While it was not a vintage performance from start to finish, his side's second-half showing will give them confidence for tough games against World Cup holders USA and Japan, who are in their group at France 2019. Media playback is not supported on this device SheBelieves Cup: Beth Mead scores stunner for England against Brazil Just three minutes after the restart, White latched on to a lovely through-ball from Fran Kirby and even though she was off balance she managed to find the bottom corner for her fifth goal in the competition. England's dominance continued and substitute Mead secured the win in style with her sensational cross-shot from the right.

Media playback is not supported on this device SheBelieves Cup: England fall behind to controversial penalty against Brazil Beth Mead celebrates her winning goal against Brazil on Wednesday. Beth Mead scored the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute and England defeated Brazil 2-1 Wednesday in the opening match of the SheBelieves Cup tournament in Chester, Penn. Andressa Alves converted a penalty kick in the 16th minute to give Brazil the early lead before Ellen White equalised with a shot to the bottom right corner early in the second half. It was White's fourth goal in SheBelieves Cup games. England and Brazil are bound for the Women's World Cup, which kicks off June 7 in France. England, which finished third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, is ranked No. 4 in the world, while Brazil is No. 10. This was the third international goal for Mead, who came into the game as a sub. England was without midfielder Jill Scott, who withdrew from the competition in an effort to be fully fit for the World Cup. England was runner-up in last year's SheBelieves Cup. The Lionesses will play the U.S. on Saturday as the four-team round-robin tournament shifts to Nashville. A few minutes before winning the penalty kick, she bamboozled a few England defenders with some dribbling trickery in tight space on the right wing.

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