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Spot-on Georgia sends England through
 Women's Football News 8 Oct 2016
 
England 2 (Stanway pen 45, pen 60) Brazil 1 (Kerolin 35)
Georgia Stanway scored two penalties as England came from behind to defeat Brazil and qualify for the quarter finals of the FIFA Women's Under-17 World Cup.
 
The Young Lionesses went into their final Group C match knowing only a win would allow them to make it to the knockout stages of Jordan 2016.
 
The only sour note for John Griffiths' side was an early booking for Stanway which means she will miss Thursday's last eight clash, which will be against defending Champions Japan.
 
There were two changes from the side which drew 0-0 with Nigeria on Tuesday with Jessie Jones and Niamh Charles replacing Hollie Olding and Hannah Cain respectively.
 
Alessia Russo started brightly on the right, causing Brazilian left back Isabella Fernandes a host of early problems. The Chelsea attacker then called Brazil goalkeeper Kemelli into action with a 30-yard free kick.
 
However, the South Americans broke the deadlock on 35 minutes after a mix-up in the England defence. Captain Lotte Wubben-Moy and Anna Patten went for the same ball but got in each other's way. Kerolin picked up the loose ball, burst forward and placed a shot beyond Ellie Roebuck and into the bottom corner.
 
England were handed a lifeline in added time at the end of the first half when Kemilli bundled Patten over inside the box. Stanway stepped up and slammed the subsequent spot kick into the roof of the net.
 
The equaliser lifted Griffiths' charges and they began the second half on the front foot with Grace Smith heading a Russo corner just over the bar.
 
Brazil then shot themselves in the foot for the second time when Tainara tripped Charles inside the box and Stanway punished the misdemeanour by converting her second penalty inside fifteen minutes, this time finding the opposite corner.
 
The Manchester City midfielder almost bagged a hat-trick when she attempted an audacious long range chip but the ball drifted just wide.
 
The momentum was with England, and after falling behind Brazil never looked like getting themselves back into the contest as the Lionesses saw the game out comfortably.
 
England's quarter final opponents have been confirmed as Japan, who finished on top of Group D with a 100% record after winning 3-2 against USA - who go out of the competition.
 
The match is sure to rekindle memories of England's meeting with Japan at the same stage in 2008, including Izzy Christiansen's 40-yard injury time equaliser and Gemma Bonner's winning penalty in the shootout. 
 
England: Ellie Roebuck, Anna Patten, Taylor Hinds, Connie Scofield (sub Laura Hooper 74mins), Grace Smith, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Alessia Russo, Jessie Jones, Ellie Brazil, Georgia Stanway, Niamh Charles (sub Ella Toone 88mins). Subs not used: Flo Allen, Hollie Olding, Katie Startup, Kelsey Pearson, Lois Joel, Hannah Cain, Anna Filbey, Georgia Valentine.

Brazil: Kemelli, Fernandes, Tainara, Thais, Angelina, Jaqueline (sub Bianca 75mins), Raquel (sub Raysla 62mins), Ana Vitoria, Micaelly (sub Isabela Silva 83mins), Kerolin, Juliana. Subs not used: Stefane, Nicole, Reiss, Camila, Laissa, Maria Jhulia, Kawane.

(Report by www.TheFA.com)


 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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