England wins 1st women’s Finalissima
England’s Chloe Kelly scored the winning spot kick to clinch the first women’s final after a dramatic match against Brazil in front of 83,132 fans at Wembley on Thursday, giving the hosts a 4-2 win. It ended in a penalty shootout victory.
Ella Thun appeared to secure victory for England in a match between European and South American champions. Her 23rd minute strike was the only goal of the game going into the 3rd minute of second half stoppage time.
But Andressa Alves took advantage of a mistake by England goalkeeper Mary Arps to make it 1-1 and force a penalty shootout. There Georgia Stanway, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood and Kelly scored at Wembley to make the Lionesses European champions last summer. -You have done the job for England.
Led by coach Salina Wiegman, the team are currently unbeaten at 30 games and will look to extend that streak when they host Australia in next week’s pre-World Cup friendly.
The home side took the lead in impressive style after Lucy Bronze traded passes with Steinway and made no mistakes past Brazilian keeper Leticia before cutting back to Thun.
England thought they were leading 2–0 with a confident shot from Lauren James, but there was an offside in the build-up.
Brazil looked a better team after the restart. Gais quickly called Arps to action before Caroline fired a shot at the England keeper.
Geyse threatens again, this time launching a rocket that Earps manages to tilt.
Arps was able to stop the substitute Adriana’s first try, but she failed to save and the ball landed at the feet of Andressa, who made no mistake and shot with the equalizer.
The game, which paid tribute to the late Pele early on, went to a penalty shootout after Tamires and Brazilian captain Rafael hit the crossbar and failed to score.