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SheBelieves Cup 2019: England women 2-1 Brazil women after Beth Mead winner

Beth Mead's spectacular winner helped England come from behind to beat Brazil 2-1 in the opening game of the SheBelieves Cup.

The substitute's long-range goal capped a fine comeback after the Lionesses had gone behind early on in Philadelphia.

Andressa Alves put Brazil ahead from a controversial penalty after 16 minutes.

But Ellen White levelled from a tight angle early in the second half, before Mead's brilliant clincher gave Phil Neville's side victory.

A year after taking the job, Neville has now won eight of his 13 games in charge of the Lionesses.

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.

From 'sloppy' to sensational

England's first-half performance, in difficult wintery conditions, was described by BBC pundit and former international Alex Scott as "sloppy".

They had few clear-cut chances and looked laboured at times, but they may have had reason to feel hard done by after the penalty decision.

Legendary Brazilian Marta went on a blistering run into the box and was forced off the ball by Lucy Bronze. And while England felt it was a perfectly timed challenge, the referee pointed to the spot and Andressa slotted home with ease.

The second half was a different story.

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.

The Lionesses play USA on Saturday (21:45 GMT) live on BBC Two, while their match with Japan is on BBC Four at 22:00 GMT on Tuesday.

'As good as I've seen as a manager'

Neville said it had been "a really tough game".

"I had a lot of tired players but the determination in the second half was as good as I've seen as manager," he said.

"The pitch was really slow so we had to play in their half and I knew they would tire. We scored two great goals and I enjoyed the test, our defenders had to defend, and it's a big result."

And commenting on the penalty incident he added: "I thought it wasn't a penalty. There will be VAR at the World Cup so decisions like that will be better.

"But at half-time, that was the least of my worries, and I was probably a bit harsh on them because my frustration and anger boiled over."

Line-ups

England

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Telford
  • 2BronzeBooked at 27mins
  • 5Houghton
  • 6McManus
  • 3Greenwood
  • 4Walsh
  • 8ChristiansenSubstituted forDalyat 66'minutes
  • 7Parris
  • 10KirbySubstituted forStaniforthat 87'minutes
  • 20CarneySubstituted forMeadat 66'minutes
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forDugganat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 11Duggan
  • 12Stokes
  • 14Bonner
  • 15Williamson
  • 16Ubogagu
  • 17Daly
  • 19Stanway
  • 21Earps
  • 22Mead
  • 23Staniforth

Brazil

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Villares Reis
  • 2Santos de Oliveira
  • 4Cristiano dos Santos
  • 21Hickmann AlvesSubstituted forSousa Feitozaat 90+2'minutes
  • 3Soares PazSubstituted forde Moraes Rosa Morenoat 83'minutes
  • 19da SilvaSubstituted forde Oliveiraat 35'minutes
  • 8Maciel Mota
  • 7Alves da Silva
  • 11Leal da Silva
  • 10Vieira da SilvaSubstituted forda Silva Ferreiraat 70'minutes
  • 16Zaneratto JoãoSubstituted forFernandes dos Santosat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Izidoro Lima da Silva
  • 5de Moraes Rosa Moreno
  • 6Dias Gomes
  • 9de Oliveira
  • 13Pereira dos Santos
  • 14Sousa Feitoza
  • 15Barbosa Medeiros
  • 17Ferreira
  • 18da Silva Ferreira
  • 20Fernandes dos Santos
  • 22Maria Dionizio
  • 23Bertolucci Paixão
Referee:
Ekaterina Kozyreva
Attendance:
5,954

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamBrazil
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 2, Brazil 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 2, Brazil 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Kathellen replaces Mônica.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Lucy Staniforth replaces Francesca Kirby.

  5. Post update

    Offside, England. Beth Mead tries a through ball, but Nikita Parris is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Beth Mead (England).

  7. Post update

    Andressa Alves (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Alex Greenwood (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adriana (Brazil).

  10. Post update

    Offside, England. Rachel Daly tries a through ball, but Nikita Parris is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Geyse (Brazil) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Andressa Alves with a cross following a set piece situation.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Thaisa replaces Jucinara Soares.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Rachel Daly (England).

  14. Post update

    Geyse (Brazil) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Jucinara Soares.

  16. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Jucinara Soares.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucy Bronze (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Jucinara Soares.

  19. Post update

    Lucy Bronze (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Geyse (Brazil).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 27th February 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England11002113
2Japan00000000
3USA00000000
4Brazil100112-10
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