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United States 1 (Dunn 72) England 0
Crystal Dunn fired home a superb 15-yard strike with eighteen minutes remaining to give the United States victory over England in their first group match in the SheBelieves Cup.
A dogged England rearguard was pierced by a moment's brilliance but England will not be too downhearted after stifling the World Champions for most of the game.
The pattern of the match was established from the start with England content to soak up any USA pressure and deny their opponents any space when in possession, in particular star played Carli Lloyd.
The brightest moments in a largely dour first half were being provided by speedy 17-year-old winger Mallory Pugh and one good run and cross down the left picked out Alex Morgan who flicked her shot wide.
Chances were scarce at the other end for England but they did have appeals for a penalty turned down shortly before half time. Becky Sauerbrunn appeared to strike the ball with her arm but had probably been pushed in the back by Jodie Taylor and play was waved on.
England had their best chance of the game when Toni Duggan broke forward on the right and had Taylor in space alongside her but the Manchester City striker elected to shoot and her effort flew straight at Hope Solo.
A series of substitutions did not help the flow of play but one arrival on the pitch produced the decisive moment of the game. Meghan Klingenberg's pass into the area found Dunn who sent Steph Houghton the wrong way with a clever turn before unleashing a powerful strike into the far top corner, giving Karen Bardsley no chance.
From that point, England never really looked like getting back on terms despite some late pressure in which they won a number of late corners.
England's next match in the tournament is on Saturday evening against Germany, who won the other match 1-0 against France with a goal from Leonie Maier.
United States: Hope Solo, Mallory Pugh (sub Crystal Dunn 67mins), Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara (sub Ali Krieger 80mins), Meghan Klingenberg (sub Whitney Engen 90mins), Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan (sub Julie Johnston 80mins), Morgan Brian, Emily Sonnett, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan (sub Christen Press 63mins).
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Gilly Flaherty, Alex Greenwood (sub Isobel Christiansen 65mins), Fara Williams (sub Karen Carney 77mins), Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott, Demi Stokes, Toni Duggan (sub Eniola Aluko 88mins), Jodie Taylor (sub Fran Kirby 78mins).
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