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Ellen White and Beth Mead goals give England victory over Brazil at SheBelieves Cup

Wednesday 27 Feb 2019
Goals by Beth Mead (left) and Ellen White gave England an opening-day win at the SheBelieves Cup

England Women came from a goal down to edge Brazil in their opening match of the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.

Andressa Silva gave the South Americans the lead from the penalty spot on 16 minutes.

But second-half strikes by Ellen White and Beth Mead got Phil Neville’s side off to a winning start at this annual invitational tournament which is being used by all four teams as preparation for this summer’s World Cup.

England 2-1 Brazil
  • SheBelieves Cup
  • Wednesday 27 February
  • Philadelphia, USA
The Lionesses take on the host nation on Saturday followed by 2011 World Cup winners Japan next Tuesday.

Fran Kirby had given England the lead in just the second minute when these two sides met last October, but Brazil began much better in Philadelphia than they did at Meadow Lane four months ago.

They pressed Neville’s charges high up the pitch which allowed them to carve out a couple of half chances early on – but it was from the spot that they took the lead.

Brazil legend Marta broke into the box and jinked inside Steph Houghton, who she had dispossessed just seconds earlier.

Lucy Bronze put a challenge in but was adjudged to have fouled the six-time World Player of the Year and referee Ekaterina Koroleva awarded a penalty which was duly stroked home by Silva.

England eventually grew into the game and came close to equalising when Kirby pulled a shot narrowly wide of the left-hand upright.

The Lionesses went in a goal behind at the break but White levelled matters four minutes after the restart.

She was played into the box by a cute ball by Kirby and lashed an angled, first-time effort beyond a helpless Aline to restore parity. It was White’s fourth goal at the SheBelieves Cup since its inception in 2016.

White celebrates her equaliser in Philadelphia

And after Nikita Parris saw her shot saved by Aline, substitute Mead, who replaced Karen Carney midway through the second half, thundered home a spectacular winner from the right-hand side of the box.

England’s second match of this year’s SheBelieves Cup is against World Cup holders USA in Nashville on Saturday night (9.55pm GMT kick-off), a match that will be broadcast live on BBC Two.

Neville has lined up four home matches in the build-up to France 2019, against Canada and Spain in April, Euro 2017 runners-up Denmark in May and New Zealand on Saturday 1 June.

Tickets for all four matches are on sale now with children able to attend for just £1.


England (4-3-3): 13 Carly Telford (Chelsea); 2 Lucy Bronze (Lyon), 5 Steph Houghton (capt; Manchester City), 6 Abbie McManus (Manchester City), 3 Alex Greenwood (Manchester United); 4 Keira Walsh (Manchester City), 10 Fran Kirby (Chelsea), 8 Isobel Christiansen (Lyon); 7 Nikita Parris (Manchester City), 18 Ellen White (Birmingham City), 20 Karen Carney (Chelsea).

Substitutes: 17 Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) for Christiansen 66, 22 Beth Mead (Arsenal) for Carney 66, 11 Toni Duggan (Barcelona) for White 76, 23 Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City) for Kirby 87.

Substitutes not used: 1 Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), 9 Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign), 12 Demi Stokes (Manchester City), 14 Gemma Bonner (Manchester City), 15 Leah Williamson (Arsenal), 16 Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride), 19 Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), 21 Mary Earps (Wolfsburg).

Goals: White 49, Mead 75

Bookings: Bronze 27

Head coach: Phil Neville

By Glenn Lavery