England Lionesses win the women’s Finalissima after beating Brazil on penalties

England Lionesses beat Brazil on penalties to win the first-ever women’s Finalissima at a sold-out Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

The women’s Finalissima saw England, Euro 2022 winners, take on Brazil, who won the Copa America, in London.

It was the first-ever women’s Finalissima, with the first men’s one taking place last year, where Lionel Messi’s Argentina beat Italy 3-0.

And the Lionesses claimed the historic win thanks to a dramatic penalty shootout victory.

Lauren James, Georgia Stanway and Lucy Bronze combined brilliantly to create the opening goal.

Bronze eventually picked out Toone, who swept home a tidy, first-touch finish into the back of the net in the 23rd minute.

The Manchester United forward now has 16 international goals in just 30 appearances for the Lionesses.

Stanway, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood and Chloe Kelly all converted from the spot, with Mary Earps making a huge save to stop Tamires from scoring.

Kelly, who scored the winning goal against Germany in the Euro 2022 final, said: “It’s great being back here at Wembley in front of our own fans. This feels like home to me and the girls put in a brilliant performance tonight and we keep going forward.

“I just looked the keeper in the eye and I just thought I was going to score.

“It’s about moving forward and being ready for July. I think we’re building momentum and moving forward now.”

It’s another trophy for the Lionesses following last summer’s success.

Sarina Wiegman’s side return to action next Tuesday when they face Australia in a friendly match.

And, of course, the Lionesses begin their women’s World Cup campaign on July 22 against Haiti before facing Denmark and China.

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