In a thrilling match that saw the European champions take on the Copa America winners, England emerged victorious in a dramatic penalty shootout against Brazil to win the first Women’s Finalissima.
The win extended England’s unbeaten run to an impressive 30 games, solidifying their position as one of the top teams in women’s football.
The match, played at Wembley Stadium, was a historic occasion, with both teams looking to make a statement ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Lionesses were given their biggest test of the year by a talented Brazilian side, who were unfortunately hit by injuries during the game. However, Brazil showed their mettle, fighting back to force the game to penalties.
The match started brightly for England, with Ella Toone scoring the opening goal in the first half.
The Lionesses continued to dominate the game, but Brazil refused to be intimidated, and substitute Andressa Alves equalized in stoppage time to force the shootout.
The shootout was a tense affair, with both teams showing remarkable composure under pressure.
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But it was England who came out on top, with Chloe Kelly scoring the winning penalty to seal a famous victory.
Kelly, who had scored the winning goal in the Euro 2022 final at Wembley last year, immediately ran over to celebrate with the fans in the stands.
The win was another significant milestone for the Lionesses, who continue to build momentum ahead of the World Cup.
They have now gone 30 games unbeaten, a remarkable achievement that speaks to the quality of the team and the hard work of the players and coaching staff.
The victory was particularly sweet for captain Leah Williamson, who lifted the trophy in front of a capacity crowd at Wembley.
Williamson has been an inspirational figure for England over the years, and her leadership and dedication have played a key role in the team’s success.
As the Lionesses continue to prepare for the World Cup, they can take great heart from this victory.
They have shown that they have the skill, the determination, and the mental strength to compete at the highest level, and they will be a team to watch when the tournament kicks off in just a few months’ time.