Williamson and the Lionesses win Finalissima

Leah Williamson and Mary Earps lift the Finalissima trophy

Leah Williamson led the Lionesses to yet another trophy lift as they defeated Brazil in the first-ever Women's Finalissima.

The first iteration of the super cup match saw the European Champions meet the winner of the Copa America Femenina in a dramatic penalty shootout, and our centre-back duo of Rafaelle Souza and Leah Williamson captained their respective sides in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium. 

A dominant England side took the lead in the 23rd minute through beautiful link-up play from Barcelona duo Keira Walsh and Lucy Bronze. Ella Toone was perfectly placed in the box for the cutback and she finished the move with her 16th goal for the Lionesses. 

Rafaelle Souza and Leah Williamson lead out their respective teams at Wembley Stadium

Rafaelle and Williamson lead out their teams at Wembley Stadium

The Brazilians turned the game around in the second 45 minutes, bearing down on the England goal and forcing Williamson, Alex Greenwood and Mary Earps to clear their lines. 

Inevitably, the equaliser did arrive in the last minute of normal time as Andressa Alves pounced on a spilt collection from Earps, sending the two teams straight to a penalty shootout.

After both sides converted their first penalty, England's goalscorer Toone saw her penalty saved and Earps stopped Brazil's Tamires. Rachel Daly and Alex Greenwood both scored and though Rafaelle struck her penalty well, it ricochetted off the bar. Chloe Kelly then converted the final penalty to give England the win - an echo of her 110th-minute winner in the Euro 2022 final. 

Left to right: Alessia Russo, Niamh Charles, Georgia Stanway, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Ella Toone and Ellie Roebuck pose with the Finalissima Trophy

Lotte Wubben-Moy poses with her England teammates

Lotte Wubben-Moy also received an England call-up from Sarina Wiegman and joined her teammates on the winner’s podium in front of the Wembley crowd.

The Lionesses have yet to lose a single match since Sarina Wiegman took charge back in 2021. In 30 games under Wiegman, England have won 25 and drawn only five. 

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