England win Finalissima

Lionesses win another trophy at Wembley

Tim Herbert
Authored by Tim Herbert
Posted: Friday, April 7, 2023 - 10:40

England captain Leah Williamson summed it up perfectly when she said: “We’re going to need a trophy cabinet.”

The Lionesses added another piece of glittering silverware to the growing collection and also ticked an important ‘hold your nerve’ box ahead of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Welcoming Brazil to an exuberant Wembley Stadium for the Finalissima, a competition relaunched this year, pitting the European Champions against their South American counterparts. England and Brazil have conquered their respective continents, and next on the list is global domination.

On a special occasion, the game matched the hype, as England dominated the first half and thoroughly deserved the lead given to them by Ella Toone, calmly finishing off a slick team move.

After the break, however, Brazil were the better side and forced goalkeeper Mary Earps into a string of top saves before pouncing on a rare mistake by the Manchester United custodian to equalise in stoppage time.

The game went straight to penalties, the long-time nemesis of the England men’s team, but the women were up to the challenge. Earps made another fine save, which set things up for Chloe Kelly to fire in the winning spot-kick.

Manager Sarina Wiegman told the BBC: "I was pretty calm [in the shootout]. This game brings us so much information.

"In the second half we really struggled. In the moment I don't like it, because it's very nice when you control the game. And we lost control in the second half. 

"But afterwards, [I feel] we take so much from this game. We really needed this in our preparation for the World Cup."

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