Finalissim Victory Secured as Kelly Strikes Wembley Winner in England 1-1 Brazil (4-2 on Penalties)

    Chloe Kelly secured another trophy for England as Brazil lost 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the first Women’s Finalissima at Wembley on Thursday.

    Ella Thun completed a deft move in the first half, giving the Liones the lead they deserved in the showdown between European champions and winners of the Women’s America’s Cup.

    Brazil played better after the break and Andressa Alves took advantage of goalkeeper Mary Earps’ stoppage time error to force a penalty.

    However, England could not be turned away as Georgia Stanway, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood and Kelly, who scored the winning goal in the Euro 2022 final against Germany at the same stadium, converted from 12 yards.

    Earps turned Tamirez down before captain Rafael Sousa slammed the bar as Brazil endured the agony of a shootout in front of a massive crowd of 83,132.

    A marauding Lucy Bronze gave Canarinho all sorts of problems in the first half and played a big role in the opening goal in the 23rd minute.

    The Bronze played a one-two with Stanway before choosing Thun, who hit with a right foot from inside the box in the 23rd minute as Brazil were cut open by a sharp pass and movement from England.

    Lauren James’ goal was disallowed for offside and the Euro 2022 winners were firmly in the lead, but things changed after the break.

    England gave Brazil every opportunity to get back into the game with a series of errors, one of which saw Earps hit Geyza high in the air and on the top of the crossbar.

    Pia Sandhage’s side continued to explore and they were rewarded when Earps spilled a cross from the right to present Andresse with the equalizer with time running out.

    Without extra time, England bounced back from this setback to take first place in the shootout. Thun became the only Lionesses player to fail to find the back of the net with his penalty before Kelly coached the winner to go 30 games unbeaten. under the direction of Sarina Wigman.

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