England ramped up their preparations for the Women’s World Cup tonight after beating Copa América winners – Brazil, 4-2 on penalties in the first-ever Women’s Finalissima at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.
The Lionesses made it 30 games unbeaten under manager Sarina Wiegman. However, they faced tough competition from the Copa America champions, currently ranked ninth globally. In this event, the Lionesses will bid to become World Champions for the first time in their history. It was a tale of two halves after England dominated the first 45 minutes, but Brazil came out fighting in the second half scoring the equaliser in the dying minutes of average time. England’s Chloe Kelly scored the winning penalty to win the first-ever women’s Finalissima.
England manager Sarina Wiegman says that her victory over Brazil in the first-ever women’s ‘Finalissima’ was a great learning experience in preparation for the World Cup this summer. “Great learning. Lots of learning from us in preparation for the World Cup. Learning is nice, but we want to win this one too. I feel privileged. I’m thrilled to be working here. They are such an incredible group. The team is so committed; they want to learn every day.” She said to ITV Sport.
Wiegman has already led England to plenty of silverware, overseeing last year’s Euros triumph and back-to-back Clark Cup victories. And the Dutchwoman has added another trophy to the cabinet ahead of this summer’s showpiece event in Australia and New Zealand.
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