Russo to the rescue as Lionesses open with a draw

Saturday 01 Oct 2016
Alessia Russo is congratulated by team-mates after equalising against North Korea

Alessia Russo scored a 94th-minute equaliser as England opened their FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw with North Korea.

Birmingham City forward Ellie Brazil headed home a Niamh Charles cross to put John Griffiths’s side ahead before Hyang Sim Sung levelled for the 2008 winners.

England 3-3 North Korea

FIFA Women's U17 World Cup
Group C
Saturday 1 October 2016
King Abdullah II International Stadium, Amman, Jordan

Manchester City schemer Georgia Stanway finished off a neat one-two with Brazil just four minutes later to restore the Lionesses’ lead, but Pom Ui Kim pulled the scores back level on 67 minutes.

A Kyong Hui Ko free-kick looked to have handed North Korea all three points but Chelsea youngster Russo struck at the death to rescue a point for the Young Lionesses.

Their second Group C match is against Nigeria on Tuesday (2pm BST KO).

England (4-2-3-1): 1 Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City); 14 Kelsey Pearson (Blackburn Rovers), 12 Anna Patten (Arsenal), 6 Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), 3 Taylor Hinds (Arsenal); 4 Hollie Olding (Chelsea), 18 Anna Filbey (Arsenal); 7 Alessia Russo (Chelsea), 10 Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), 11 Niamh Charles (Liverpool); 9 Ellie Brazil (Birmingham City).

Substitutes: 17 Hannah Cain (Sheffield FC) for Charles 78, 20 Connie Scofield (Birmingham City) for Filbey 89, 8 Laura Hooper (Arsenal) for Olding 89.

Substitutes not used: 2 Flo Allen (Bristol City), 5 Grace Smith (Aston Villa), 13 Katie Startup (Chelsea), 15 Lois Joel (Chelsea), 16 Ella Toone (Manchester City), 19 Jessie Jones (Yeovil Town), 21 Georgia Valentine (Reading).

Goals: Brazil 20, Stanway 33, Russo 90+4.

Bookings: Stanway

Head coach: John Griffiths

By Glenn Lavery