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SheBelieves Cup: USA women 2-2 England women

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Highlights: USA 2-2 England

England came close to a memorable victory but had to settle for a thrilling draw against world champions the USA at the SheBelieves Cup.

The Lionesses scored two excellent goals through Manchester City pair Steph Houghton and Nikita Parris.

But Tobin Heath equalised for the US in the second half after Megan Rapinoe's sensational first-half opener had given the hosts the lead in Nashville.

The four-team, round-robin tournament will go down to Tuesday's final games.

Japan, who are top of the table on goal difference, face England at 22:25 GMT, live on BBC Four, in a winner-takes-all match.

Hosts USA, who are the holders, must beat Brazil, and hope the two teams above them draw, whilst also improving their own goal difference.

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England's Houghton curls in brilliant equaliser

Bend it like Houghton

The Lionesses had to come from behind in their win against Brazil in Wednesday's opener and they did the same against the USA.

But the Nashville crowd were treated to two brilliant first-half goals. The first came from 148-cap Megan Rapinoe, who chested the ball down and volleyed home a stunning shot.

England responded immediately from an indirect free-kick, which was bent in beautifully by captain Houghton.

The Lionesses stunned the World Cup holders again in the 52nd minute when Parris, the WSL's all-time top scorer, slotted home from an accurate Fran Kirby through ball.

But Phil Neville's side struggled to cope with the USA's set-pieces and from a corner, Tobin Heath stabbed home the equaliser.

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'Fantastic' Rapinoe volley gives USA lead

Cameos from Beyonce and JK Rowling

The SheBelieves Cup was born from the American #SheBelieves campaign, which aims to inspire women and girls - both inside and outside of sport.

The USA team announced before the game that their players would wear shirts emblazoned with the names of women who have inspired them.

Captain Alex Morgan picked Abby Wambach, the former USA international who won the World Cup and two Olympic gold medals during her illustrious career.

Other players decided to go for icons outside of football. Mallory Pugh played in a Beyonce shirt, while Rose Lavelle picked Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Carli Lloyd tweet
Carli Lloyd represented female activist Malala Yousafzai at the SheBelieves Cup

Line-ups

USA Women

  • 21Franch
  • 5O'HaraSubstituted forSauerbrunnat 60'minutes
  • 7Dahlkemper
  • 12Davidson
  • 19DunnSubstituted forLloydat 87'minutes
  • 11PughSubstituted forPressat 55'minutes
  • 8Ertz
  • 16LavelleSubstituted forMewisat 64'minutes
  • 17Heath
  • 13Morgan
  • 15Rapinoe

Substitutes

  • 1Naeher
  • 2Sonnett
  • 3Mewis
  • 4Sauerbrunn
  • 6Sullivan
  • 10Lloyd
  • 14Short
  • 20McDonald
  • 22Fox
  • 23Press
  • 24Harris
  • 25Zerboni

England Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 17Daly
  • 5Houghton
  • 6McManus
  • 12Stokes
  • 7ParrisSubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes
  • 2Bronze
  • 4Walsh
  • 11Duggan
  • 10KirbySubstituted forMeadat 73'minutes
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forStanwayat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Greenwood
  • 8Christiansen
  • 9Taylor
  • 13Telford
  • 14Bonner
  • 15Williamson
  • 16Ubogagu
  • 19Stanway
  • 20Carney
  • 21Earps
  • 22Mead
  • 23Staniforth
Referee:
Marianela Araya
Attendance:
22,125

Match Stats

Home TeamUSA WomenAway TeamEngland Women
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home20
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, USA 2, England 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, USA 2, England 2.

Attempt missed. Carli Lloyd (USA) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Abby Dahlkemper with a cross.

Attempt saved. Toni Duggan (England) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jodie Taylor.

Megan Rapinoe (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lucy Bronze (England).

Corner, England. Conceded by Becky Sauerbrunn.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Jodie Taylor replaces Nikita Parris.

Substitution

Substitution, USA. Carli Lloyd replaces Crystal Dunn.

Foul by Samantha Mewis (USA).

Nikita Parris (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Alex Morgan (USA) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Georgia Stanway replaces Ellen White.

Julie Ertz (USA) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe with a cross following a set piece situation.

Tobin Heath (USA) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Beth Mead (England).

Julie Ertz (USA) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Lucy Bronze (England).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Beth Mead replaces Francesca Kirby.

Delay in match Stephanie Houghton (England) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! USA 2, England 2. Tobin Heath (USA) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Tobin Heath (USA) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alex Morgan (USA) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Julie Ertz.

Attempt blocked. Tierna Davidson (USA) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tierna Davidson (USA) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Megan Rapinoe with a cross.

Corner, USA. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

Attempt blocked. Alex Morgan (USA) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tobin Heath.

Substitution

Substitution, USA. Samantha Mewis replaces Rose Lavelle.

Attempt blocked. Stephanie Houghton (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Julie Ertz (USA).

Ellen White (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Megan Rapinoe (USA) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Daly (England).

Attempt missed. Ellen White (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, USA. Becky Sauerbrunn replaces Kelley O'Hara.

Foul by Crystal Dunn (USA).

Nikita Parris (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, USA. Christen Press replaces Mallory Pugh.

Hand ball by Megan Rapinoe (USA).

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