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Five talking points from England 1-1 Brazil (4-2 on pens)
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William Furness
Chloe Kelly celebrates her winning penalty
Chloe Kelly celebrates her winning penalty

England lifted the inaugural Women's Finalissima as they beat Brazil 4-2 on penalties at Wembley after a 1-1 draw.

Chloe Kelly was the hero once again as her spot-kick clinched the showpiece in dramatic fashion.

The game had to be decided by penalties as Ella Toone's wonderfully-worked goal in the 23rd minute was cancelled out by Andressa Alves' stoppage-time equaliser. 

The victory means it is 30 games unbeaten for the Lionesses under Sarina Wiegman, with four trophies to show for it. 

Statement win

England have their eyes firmly on the World Cup in July and results like this only strengthen their case to win the tournament. 

The Lionesses have proven they can beat anyone in Europe but they have now shown they can defeat nations from across the globe.

It was a great test for the Euro 2022 champions, especially after conceding in the last minute and it was the first time the Lionesses have ever won a penalty shootout. 

Lifting another trophy will only breed success and a winning culture around the squad — it was a fantastic night for Wiegman.

Dramatic penalties

The penalty shootout was a tense affair with both sides feeling the heat but it was England who showed their cool to come out on top.

Toone missed the hosts' second penalty but the Lionesses scored every other to secure the trophy. 

Mary Earps made a great save in the shootout and she will take a huge amount of confidence from this night going into the World Cup. 

The whole squad will learn a lot by winning in this fashion as highly-pressured situations like this will certainly come in Australia and New Zealand.

Mary Earps made some vital saves
Mary Earps made some vital saves

Total football 

England's opening goal was a fantastic team move that showed Wiegman's attacking patterns in full flow. 

The Lionesses opened up Brazil down the right with some incisive and confident one touch passing between Lucy Bronze and Georgia Stanway. 

Bronze eventually cut the ball back to Toone who applied a neat finish.

It showed England's ability to break through defensive structures — a trait that will only bode well going into the World Cup.

James spark 

Lauren James was a bright spark for England all night
Lauren James was a bright spark for England all night

Lauren James is emerging as one of the brightest talents in the world and tonight was another reminder as to why. 

She started on the right-hand side but shifted to a variety of pockets across the pitch which Brazil really struggled to cope with. 

The 21-year-old's technical ability is really impressive — it allows her to receive the ball in multiple different areas.

The Chelsea forward seems to have come into Wiegman's plans at the perfect time. 

Brazil threat pays off

Brazil did not offer much in the first half but they asked a lot more questions of the England rearguard after the break. 

They made a couple of attacking changes as Alves and Adriana came on for Lauren and Beatriz.

This move changed the game and the South American champions showed a lot more attacking intent after it.

As a reward for their second-half efforts, Alves dramatically thumped home to send the game to penalties. 


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