Women's International Friendlies

Portugal 0-1 England: Phil Neville delighted with recent 'outstanding' performances

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Estadio do Bonfim, Portugal

England boss Phil Neville has praised two "outstanding" performances as the Lionesses followed up a narrow defeat by Brazil with victory against Portugal in a friendly.

Beth Mead's late goal following a goalkeeper error ended a run of five games without a win for England.

"The players were determined to win and we got the luck we haven't had in the last five games," said Neville.

"The performances over the last two games have been outstanding."

He added: "I'm pleased with the players, I'm pleased with the spirit, I'm pleased with the direction that we're going in.

"And for me personally, in terms of what I've seen at this camp, it's been my most enjoyable camp since I've been a manager with this England team."

England sloppy but win Neville needed

On Saturday, England suffered a fourth defeat in five games when they were beaten 2-1 by Brazil with Neville saying the only thing missing from that performance was a "ruthlessness" in front of goal.

Against Portugal, Mead was in the right place at the right time to poke in from a yard out when Portugal keeper Patricia Morais fumbled Alex Greenwood's cross.

Claudia Neta almost snatched a late equaliser when she hit the crossbar with a free-kick in stoppage time.

The ball bounced off the underside of the bar and down onto the line, allowing goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck to pounce on it before any Portugal player could react.

It was a sloppy performance from England in eerie surroundings in front of a sparse crowd, but it was the result Neville craved.

On Monday, he said he "did not feel vulnerable" over his position as manager despite his team failing to keep a clean sheet since the World Cup.

The first half display did little to ease the pressure - England gave the ball away on too many occasions and Portugal took advantage of spaces out wide.

Former Chelsea winger Ana Borges and Lyon's Jessica Silva were a headache all half and the closest England came was when Mead's cross flew inches in front of Beth England and Nikita Parris.

The second half was more positive - England pushed higher up the pitch and there was more urgency to get the ball into wide areas.

But they lacked creativity until, after an hour, Neville brought on Jordan Nobbs, who is continuing her comeback from a serious knee injury.

Her introduction, alongside striker Jodie Taylor, improved things for England, as Uefa Player of the Year Lucy Bronze returned to her natural right-back position having started in midfield.

Nobbs, Mead and Taylor all had chances to score before the costly mistake from the Portugal keeper while substitute Lauren Hemp looked positive when she came on.

But the issues that have stained England's recent friendly defeats by Brazil and Norway, and the draw with Belgium, were still evident.

They will face an even tougher test when they host Germany, ranked second in the world, at Wembley on 9 November in front of an expected 80,000 crowd.

"We said before the game that a lot of people are saying this is a must-win game. For us every game is like that, every game we want to win, that's the mentality of these players," added Neville.

"There were some outstanding performances and I think we've seen one or two cement their place at Wembley."



Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Sousa Barros Morais
  • 5Veiga Santiago Fidalgo
  • 4García Rebelo
  • 15da Silva Costa
  • 2Amaral Mendes
  • 17MarquesSubstituted forFerreira Gomesat 83'minutes
  • 14Jácome SilvaBooked at 53mins
  • 13Figueira PintoBooked at 15mins
  • 9Marques BorgesSubstituted forPires Netoat 73'minutes
  • 18Trindade Coruche MendesSubstituted forAlexandra Nortonat 63'minutes
  • 10Manjenje Nogueira SilvaSubstituted forFerreira Pintoat 83'minutes


  • 1Teixeira Pereira
  • 6Alexandra Norton
  • 7Pires Neto
  • 8Ferreira Gomes
  • 11Ferreira Pinto
  • 16Palma Capeta
  • 19Ribeiro Gomes
  • 20Martins Faria
  • 21Vieira Maia
  • 22Campos Costa
  • 23Silva Marchao


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Roebuck
  • 12DalySubstituted forTaylorat 65'minutes
  • 5Houghton
  • 6Williamson
  • 3Greenwood
  • 2Bronze
  • 4Walsh
  • 7Parris
  • 8StaniforthSubstituted forLawleyat 80'minutes
  • 11MeadSubstituted forHempat 86'minutes
  • 18EnglandSubstituted forNobbsat 65'minutes


  • 1Telford
  • 9Taylor
  • 10Nobbs
  • 13Earps
  • 15Mannion
  • 16Bonner
  • 17Lawley
  • 19Kelly
  • 20Hemp
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Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamEngland
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portugal Women 0, England 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portugal Women 0, England 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dolores Silva (Portugal Women).

  5. Post update

    Cláudia Neto (Portugal Women) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Keira Walsh (England).

  7. Post update

    Fátima Pinto (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Keira Walsh (England).

  9. Post update

    Fátima Pinto (Portugal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lauren Hemp (England) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucy Bronze.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Nobbs (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Lauren Hemp replaces Beth Mead.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (England) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucy Bronze with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal Women. Mélissa Gomes replaces Vanessa Marques.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal Women. Tatiana Pinto replaces Jéssica Silva because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Keira Walsh.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Melissa Lawley replaces Lucy Staniforth because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nikita Parris (England).

  19. Post update

    Jéssica Silva (Portugal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nikita Parris (England).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 8th October 2019

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