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US down England to win SheBelieves Cup
March 09, 2018
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Orlando: An own-goal from goalkeeper Karen Bardsley sent England spinning to defeat as the US clinched the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over the Lionesses.

England manager Phil Neville’s first tournament in charge ended in disappointment after Megan Rapinoe’s low cross took two deflections on its way into the net.

Neville’s side only needed a draw to win the competition outright but were ultimately overpowered by the reigning world champions who were deserving winners.

England had arrived in Orlando in buoyant mood following a comprehensive win over France and a battling draw with Germany in early rounds of the four-nation tournament. The USA however were a bridge too far and the hosts dominated possession in the opening stages.

US star Carli Lloyd, who has scored goals in a World Cup final as well as the Olympic gold medal matches in 2008 and 2012, won her 250th cap here though was kept quiet early on.

England finally made inroads into the hosts’ defence on 20 minutes when Fran Kirby wriggled free in the area but her cross was cleared to safety before Rapinoe flashed a shot wide as the game began to open up.

Agence France-Presse

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