England have crushed the world champions USA in a pleasant match at Wembley.
The Lionesses, who gained the European Championship in July, went forward by way of Lauren Hemp’s Tenth-minute end earlier than Sophia Smith equalised within the twenty eighth minute after Georgia Stanway misplaced possession close to her personal field.
England then benefited from two VAR checks – one ensuing within the penalty from which Stanway restored their lead after 33 minutes, and one other quickly after that noticed Trinity Rodman’s strike for the guests disallowed, with Smith dominated to have been offside.
VAR additionally ensured a late penalty award in opposition to England for handball, with the ball having struck Hemp’s legs, was overturned as they noticed out solely a 3rd victory of their final 17 conferences with the US.
It is the primary time they’ve crushed the world quantity ones since 2017 and represents one more massive plus for the crew below boss Sarina Wiegman – whose undefeated tenure now exhibits 21 wins from 23 video games – as they work in direction of subsequent summer time’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
A crowd of 76,893 was in attendance for England’s return to the scene of July’s historic Euro 2022 triumph, and people current included a bunch of former Lionesses because the crew’s fiftieth anniversary was marked.
After Mary Earps had handled an early Smith shot, England – captained by Millie Bright within the absence of the injured Leah Williamson – registered their first effort of the competition with Beth Mead’s fifth-minute strike, caught by Alyssa Naeher.
The hosts then grabbed the lead 5 minutes later when Mead despatched a supply into the field, Alana Cook misjudged her try to intervene and the ball got here off her to Hemp, who slotted house from shut vary.
The US hit again simply earlier than the half-hour mark, punishing sloppy England play on the again as Stanway, receiving Bright’s go, was dispossessed by Lindsey Horan and Smith fired previous Earps for 1-1.
Stanway then rapidly made amends, placing Wiegman’s facet again in entrance with a penalty awarded through VAR. The spot-kick was given after Hailie Mace’s excessive boot made contact with Lucy Bronze’s face, German referee Riem Hussein pointing to the spot having watched the incident again on the pitchside monitor.
A chaotic spell continued with the US showing to equalise three minutes later as Rodman swept in – however one other VAR test noticed the trouble chalked off, Smith adjudged to have been offside within the build-up.
The interval noticed former Lionesses take the applause of the group on a lap of the pitch, earlier than Smith despatched a strike huge of Earps’ publish two minutes into the second half.
At the opposite finish Chloe Kelly struck off-target, Bronze drilled into the side-netting, and Stanway broke into the field, solely to scuff her shot into the stand.
As the US sought out an equaliser, there was a scare for England with round 10 minutes left as Rose Lavelle’s shot struck Hemp within the field, and Hussein gave a penalty.
But with replays displaying the ball clearly hitting Hemp on her decrease physique, VAR once more intervened, and after one other journey to the monitor for Hussein, it was confirmed it was not a spot-kick.
Prior to kick-off, gamers from the primary official England Women match, a 3-2 win over Scotland in Greenock in November 1972, every acquired a bespoke cap in a presentation within the stadium. They subsequently shaped a guard of honour by the tunnel because the groups got here out onto the pitch.
England and the United States had been carrying teal armbands in what that they had stated was “a show of unity and common cause… to stand in solidarity with sexual abuse victims”, and collectively held up a banner studying ‘PROTECT THE PLAYERS’ simply earlier than the sport began, whereas the Wembley arch was additionally lit teal.
The match got here 4 days on from the publication of a report of an impartial investigation which stated verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct “had become systemic” within the National Women’s Soccer League in America.