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USA women 1-0 England women

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Highlights: USA women 1-0 England women

England lost to the United States in the SheBelieves Cup finale and missed out on winning the competition.

Phil Neville's Lionesses needed one point against the hosts in Orlando to clinch the four-team tournament on goal difference - but lost to Karen Bardsley's second-half own goal.

The breakthrough came when Millie Bright's sliced clearance hit keeper Bardsley and went into the net.

Ellen White almost equalised late on but her header hit the post.

England fall just short

Neville was looking to win the invitational tournament in his first three games as a first-team senior manager.

A 4-1 victory over France was followed by a 2-2 draw against Olympic champions Germany. The comprehensive win over France meant they just needed to draw against the USA to edge them on goal difference.

For about 40 minutes they were the match of the Americans, but then the quality started to tell late in the first half and continued after the break.

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SheBelieves Cup: USA go ahead through Bardsley own goal

Megan Rapinoe and Mallory Pugh both forced saves from Bardsley, with teenager Pugh also hitting the outside of the post following a mazy run.

Their goal came when Rapinoe's cross hit Abbie McManus and then Bright's clearance went in off her keeper.

Neville brought on Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris and both players had chances, with Duggan curling wide from 20 yards and Parris forcing a save.

The final big moment came with two minutes left when Lucy Bronze played a short free-kick to Izzy Christiansen, whose cross found White. The England striker got up well but her header hit the post from close range and Tierna Davidson cleared the rebound off the line.

France beat Germany 3-0 in Wednesday's other game to finish third behind England.

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White hits post as England search for late equaliser

Tournament to forget for Bright

It is actually the third game in a row that Chelsea defender Bright has been unfortunately involved in an opposition goal.

Gaetane Thiney's shot for France in the opener hit her back before going in - but was awarded to the attacker rather than as an own goal.

Bright did score an own goal against Germany when a Siobhan Chamberlain clearance ricocheted off her and into the net, and then her clearance which hit Bardsley and went in against the US was deemed an own goal by the keeper.

'Four goals handed on a plate' - manager reaction

England boss Phil Neville on BBC Two: "It was tough, but probably the most enjoyable game for me in the tournament because we came up against a really good team. I said before I wanted us to go toe-to-toe but in the first half we did not show enough belief.

"But we showed courage on the ball in the last 30 minutes and I learned a lot about my players.

"It is not now that I want to win tournaments, but in 12 months' time [at the World Cup].

"The own goals? That's not something I'm happy about - look at the goals against France and Germany plus the one against the USA - that's four goals conceded by handing them on a plate. If we can eradicate that we can go toe-to-toe with the best in the world.

"Overall I'm satisfied. We will keep our feet on the ground but we have started a journey and we have started really well."

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USA v England: Neville gets a little too close to the action


Former England forward Sue Smith on BBC Two

England have to be proud of themselves and what they have achieved in this tournament. It is their best ever finish. Their performance against France was excellent, their resilience against Germany and at times they created against USA tonight.

It's positive for England moving forward. Just think about the players England are missing too. Without those players, they have still managed to compete with some of the best teams in the world.

England were very well organised and created chances. I thought Ellen White had equalised. But that's two sloppy defensive goals they've conceded.

They'll look at this game and reflect and think: 'What do we have to improve on to beat the world champions?'

It'll be cutting out defensive errors.

What's next?

England are next in action on 6 April when they play Women's World Cup qualifying group one leaders Wales in Southampton.

The Lionesses have won their opening three qualifying matches and are trying to secure their place at the main competition in France next year.


USA Women

  • 1Naeher
  • 16Sonnett
  • 7Dahlkemper
  • 17Davidson
  • 19Dunn
  • 10Lloyd
  • 20LongSubstituted forHuertaat 74'minutes
  • 9HoranSubstituted forBrianat 74'minutes
  • 11PughSubstituted forWilliamsat 90+2'minutes
  • 13Morgan
  • 15RapinoeSubstituted forMcCaskillat 80'minutes


  • 2Short
  • 3Sullivan
  • 5O'Hara
  • 6Brian
  • 8Ertz
  • 12Williams
  • 14Huerta
  • 18Campbell
  • 21McCaskill
  • 22Smith
  • 23Press
  • 24Harris

England Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Bronze
  • 15McManus
  • 6Bright
  • 3StokesSubstituted forBlundellat 87'minutes
  • 22WalshSubstituted forScottat 86'minutes
  • 16Christiansen
  • 19LawleySubstituted forDugganat 52'minutes
  • 10KirbySubstituted forDalyat 75'minutes
  • 18White
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forParrisat 52'minutes


  • 4Williams
  • 7Parris
  • 8Scott
  • 11Duggan
  • 12Blundell
  • 13Chamberlain
  • 14Greenwood
  • 17Daly
  • 20Stanway
  • 21Telford
  • 23George
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Match ends, USA 1, England 0.

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Second Half ends, USA 1, England 0.

Foul by Lynn Williams (USA).

Lucy Bronze (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, USA. Lynn Williams replaces Mallory Pugh.

Crystal Dunn (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Daly (England).

Hand ball by Nikita Parris (England).

Morgan Brian (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Daly (England).

Corner, England. Conceded by Tierna Davidson.

Ellen White (England) hits the left post with a header from very close range. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen with a cross following a set piece situation.


Substitution, England. Hannah Blundell replaces Demi Stokes.


Substitution, England. Jill Scott replaces Keira Walsh.

Foul by Carli Lloyd (USA).

Isobel Christiansen (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, England. Conceded by Crystal Dunn.

Attempt missed. Carli Lloyd (USA) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross.

Foul by Savannah McCaskill (USA).

Millie Bright (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Isobel Christiansen (England).


Substitution, USA. Savannah McCaskill replaces Megan Rapinoe.

Corner, England. Conceded by Crystal Dunn.

Alex Morgan (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Millie Bright (England).

Attempt missed. Isobel Christiansen (England) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Duggan.


Substitution, England. Rachel Daly replaces Francesca Kirby.


Substitution, USA. Morgan Brian replaces Lindsey Horan.


Substitution, USA. Sofia Huerta replaces Allie Long.

Foul by Megan Rapinoe (USA).

Isobel Christiansen (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Allie Long (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikita Parris (England).

Attempt missed. Lindsey Horan (USA) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Crystal Dunn with a cross following a set piece situation.

Lindsey Horan (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Keira Walsh (England).

Attempt missed. Francesca Kirby (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen.

Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Offside, England. Isobel Christiansen tries a through ball, but Nikita Parris is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (England) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Duggan.


As It Stood

1USA Women32103127
2England Women31116424
3France Women31115504
4Germany Women301226-41
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