PHIL NEVILLE was dealt more questions than answers by his Lionesses in their SheBelieves Cup opener – until two superb replies from Ellen White and Beth Mead.
Birmingham City striker White spun to fire an angled equaliser – after boss Nev gave his under-performers a kick up the Brum at half-time against a lively Brazil side.
Then sub Mead hit a screaming winner from way out on the right in the 75th minute.
But Neville will be worried by the way fast-starting Brazil pressed the Lionesses back before the interval, troubling a defence in which Steph Houghton looked especially ponderous.
Full-back Lucy Bronze and marauding winger Nikita Parris offered England’s only threat at that stage, linking well down the right,
Yet it was Bronze’s clean tackle on South American legend Marta – – shockingly adjudged as a foul– that enabled Andressa Alves to hit Brazil’s 16th minute penalty opener.
Parris almost nodded England level before they dictated the second period, with PFA player of the year Fran Kirby more influential in midfield.
But after sealing a deserved win the Lionesses now face the world’s top side the USA on Saturday and Japan next in their final two group games.
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