England defeated world champions USA in a friendly match at Wembley.
The Lionesses, who won the European Championship in JulyLauren Hemp’s 10th-minute lead took the lead before Sophia Smith equalized in the 28th minute after Georgia Stanway lost control of the ball near her penalty area.
England then benefited from two VAR checks – one leading to a penalty from which Stanway restored the lead after 33 minutes, and another shortly thereafter saw Trinity Rodman’s strike. for the away team is not allowed, with Smith said to have been ruled offside.
VAR also secured a late penalty for England because handball, with the ball having touched Hemp’s foot, was overturned as they secured just their third win in their last 17 encounters with the US.
This is the first time they have beaten the world’s number one since 2017 and represents another big plus for the team under coach Sarina Wiegman – whose undefeated tenure now has 21 wins from 23 – as they head to the World Cup next summer in Australia and New Zealand.
A crowd of 76,893 attended England’s return to the scene of historic Euro 2022 victory in July, and those present included a host of former Lions as the team’s 50th anniversary was marked. .
After Mary Earps handled an early shot from Smith, England – captained by Millie Bright in the absence of Leah Williamson – registered their first attempt in the competition with a strike at the fifth minute of Beth Mead, captured by Alyssa Naeher.
The home side then took the lead five minutes after Mead made a serve inside the box, Alana Cook misjudged her attempt to intervene and the ball went to her for Hemp, who hit home. from close range.
The United States struck back just before the half-hour mark, punishing England’s sloppy play at the back when Stanway, receiving Bright’s pass, was saved by Lindsey Horan and Smith scored to equalize Earps 1-. first.
Stanway then quickly made amends, putting Wiegman’s side back up front with a penalty taken through VAR. The free-kick was taken after Hailie Mace’s high heel made contact with Lucy Bronze’s face, with German referee Riem Hussein pointing his finger at the spot after replaying the incident on the side screen.
Another chaotic game ensued with the United States appearing to equalize three minutes later when Rodman came on – but another VAR check showed the attempt was unsuccessful, which Smith assumed was offside in the match. match-fixing situations.
The interval saw the former Lionesses receive applause from the audience across the field, before Smith’s shot hit the Earps post two minutes into the second half.
At the other end, Chloe Kelly misses the target, Bronze rushes into the side net, and Stanway breaks into the box, only to slam her shot into the rack.
With the United States looking for an equalizer, England would have to fear with about 10 minutes left when Rose Lavelle’s shot hit Hemp inside the box and Hussein was awarded a penalty.
But with replays showing the ball clearly hitting Hemp’s lower body, VAR again intervened, and after another trip to the screen for Hussein, it was confirmed it wasn’t a ball. penalty kick.
Before kick-off, the players from England Women’s first official match, a 3-2 win over Scotland at Greenock in November 1972, each received their own cap during a presentation at stadium. Then, they set up an honor guard by the tunnel when the teams stepped out onto the field.
Britain and the US wore blue captain’s armbands in what they said was “showing solidarity and common cause… solidarity with victims of sexual abuse”, and together held up placards that read the ‘PLAYER PROTECTION’ content just before the game begins, while the Wembley dome is also lit in teal.
The match came four days after the publication of a report by an independent investigation that said Verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct “became systemic” in the U.S. Women’s National Soccer League.