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Brazil 1 (Silva pen 16)>
England 2 (White 49, Mead 75)
Brazil 1 (Silva pen 16)
England came from a goal down to edge Brazil 2-1 in their opening match of the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.
Andressa Silva gave the South Americans the lead from the penalty spot on 16 minutes, but second half strikes by Ellen White and Beth Mead got Phil Neville's side off to a winning start at this annual invitational tournament which is being used by all four teams as preparation for this summer's World Cup.
England take on the host nation on Saturday, followed by 2011 World Cup winners Japan next Tuesday.
Fran Kirby had given England the lead in just the second minute when these two sides met last October, but Brazil began much better in Philadelphia than they did at Meadow Lane four months ago.
They pressed Neville's charges high up the pitch which allowed them to carve out a couple of half chances early on - but it was from the spot that they took the lead.
Brazil legend Marta broke into the box and jinked inside Steph Houghton, who she had dispossessed just seconds earlier. Lucy Bronze put a challenge in but was adjudged to have fouled the six-time World Player of the Year and referee Ekaterina Koroleva awarded a penalty which was duly stroked home by Silva.
England eventually grew into the game and came close to equalising when Kirby pulled a shot narrowly wide of the left hand upright.
The Lionesses went in a goal behind at the break but White levelled matters four minutes after the restart. She was played into the box by Kirby and drilled an angled, first time effort beyond a helpless Aline and inside the far post to restore parity. It was White's fourth goal at the SheBelieves Cup since its inception in 2016.
After Nikita Parris saw her shot saved by Aline, substitute Mead, who replaced Karen Carney midway through the second half, thundered home a spectacular cross-shot from the right hand side of the area to put England ahead for the first time, a lead which they never relinquished.
England's second match of this year's SheBelieves Cup is against World Cup holders USA in Nashville on Saturday night (9.55pm GMT kick off), a match that will be broadcast live on BBC Two.
The other match in the first round of games ended with honours even as United States and Japan batteld out a 2-2 draw.
England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus, Nikita Parris, Izzy Christiansen (sub Rachel Daly 66mins), Ellen White (sub Toni Duggan 76mins), Fran Kirby (sub Lucy Staniforth 87mins), Karen Carney (sub Beth Mead 66mins). Subs not used: Karen Bardsley, Jodie Taylor, Demi Stokes, Gemma Bonner, Leah Williamson, Chioma Ubogagu, Georgia Stanway, Mary Earps.
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