Debinha’s double for Brazil subjected England’s Lionesses to a second consecutive defeat in-front over 29,000 fans at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium this afternoon.
It was a game of two halves as England were by far the better team in the first half but were unable to take their chances whereas their South American counterparts were much more clinical in the second 45 minutes.
Four defeats in the last five games will give cause for concern for Phil Neville going forward. If the Lionesses fail to get a win against Portugal in Setubal on Tuesday, a team ranked 31st in the world, then some serious questions will be asked.
Below is breakdown of the individual performances and ratings from today’s international friendly:
Given a rare start for the national team but unable to make the most of her opportunity. Little to do in the first half but will feel she should’ve done better for the opening goal.
Awarded her FIFA Silver Ball and UEFA Player of the Year awards prior to the game and demonstrated the dynamism on the right that earned her those awards. However, she was unable to make it count in final third as England struggled to create clear cut chances despite their eight shots on target.
Unlucky deflection for Brazil’s second goal but a wonderfully floated ball to Beth England more than made up for it. Had a good partnership with Leah Williamson in the centre of defence and this has the potential to be the first choice pairing going forward.
Composed at the back and looked very assured when defending crosses which has plagued England so much recently. However, both centre-backs made some tired wayward passes in dangerous areas when a cool head was needed to transition into the attacking phase and push for an equaliser.
First time playing on English soil since her summer move to Lyon. Showed signs of the extra edge playing for the European champions will give you and was a decent threat going forward but her
attacking play was negated by Debinha in the
Not given time on the ball to pick out the decisive passes of which we know she is capable. Left a big gap at the back when she didn’t pick up Debinha for the opening goal.
Lacked the late runs into the box to get on the end of some superb deliveries in the opening period and tired in the final stages which, when surrounded by much fresher substitutes, meant she struggled to get on the ball.
Good movement but rusty in possession, looked like she will need a few more games to get in sync with her international teammates. Substituted on the hour mark and will be looking to get further minutes against Portugal on Tuesday in an England midfield that is crying out for her quality.
Pacey and driving in the first half but rashly dived in against Erika in the lead up to the opening goal. Struggled to get into the game as she was moved narrower and into the number 10 role after the interval.
Getting into strong positions in behind and very unlucky to have a goal ruled out early on. A very energetic performance as she pressed high and forced the Brazil backline into mistakes in dangerous areas but not decisive or clinical enough in the box.
Great footwork and delivery on either wing, Mead created the Lionesses’ best attacking moments in the first half yet was crowded out with the game wearing on and Brazil putting more and more bodies behind the ball.
Lively when she came on but unable to create against a stubborn Brazilian back-five.
Magnificent header to get her team back into it and clearly demonstrated her goalscoring credentials in the short time she was on the pitch. The Chelsea striker will be itching to get into that starting XI on Tuesday to showcase her talents following her first Lionesses goal today.
Looked much more comfortable in the 10 role than Parris and desperately unlucky not to draw her
team level late on but unfortunately she ran out of time to make a significant impact.
BARBARA 7, GIOVANNA 5, KATHELLEN 7, ERIKA 7, TAMIRES 6, DEBINHA 9, MARTA 6, LUANA 8, FORMIGA 8, BEATRIZ 6, CHU 5; SUBS – MARIA 5, LUDMILA 7, MONICA 6, THAISA 5, ALINE MILENE 5, VICTORIA 5
By Ryan Lee Gregory (@ryanleegregory)