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England secure CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions with a win against Brazil

On Thursday, England won the inaugural Women’s Finalissima at Wembley, defeating Brazil 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw, with Chloe Kelly securing another trophy for England.

In the clash between the European champions and the Copa America Femenina winners, Ella Toone scored to give the Lionesses a well-deserved lead in the first half after a smooth move.

After the break, Brazil who missed Marta for an injury, played better and capitalized on a stoppage-time mistake by goalkeeper Mary Earps to equalize through Andressa Alves, leading to a penalty shootout.

After winning the European Championship, England were able to secure another trophy with a win against Brazil

However, England did not give up, and Georgia Stanway, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, and Kelly, who also scored the winning goal against Germany at the same venue in the Euro 2022 final, successfully converted their penalties from 12 yards out.

Before Brazil endured a shootout loss in front of an enormous crowd of 83,132, Earps prevented Tamires from scoring, and then the crossbar was rattled by captain Rafaelle Souza.

In the first half, Lucy Bronze created a lot of trouble for the Canarinhas and played a significant role in the opening goal in the 23rd minute. Bronze passed the ball to Stanway before receiving it back and then assisting Toone, who scored with her right foot from inside the penalty area, taking advantage of England’s precise passing and movement, which sliced open Brazil’s defense.

Despite being firmly in control, the Euro 2022 champions had a goal disallowed for offside when Lauren James found the back of the net. However, the game took a different turn after the interval.

England made several mistakes, giving Brazil numerous opportunities to get back into the game, including a moment when Earps pushed Geyse’s shot high into the air and onto the top of the crossbar.

Despite Pia Sundhage’s side’s persistent attacking efforts, they only managed to score an equalizer with time running out, thanks to Earps’ fumble from a cross from the right, which gifted Andressa the goal.

With no extra time, England overcame this setback to win the shootout, with Toone being the only Lionesses player who failed to score from her penalty. Kelly’s goal secured the win, extending England’s unbeaten run to 30 games under Sarina Wiegman.

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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