England Women will have a chance to stamp their authority on the international stage as they take on Brazil in the Women’s Finalissima at Wembley Stadium on Thursday, April 6.
England will be without Sandy MacIver, after the Manchester City shot-stopper withdrew from the squad due to injury. Additionally, Millie Bright is also absent, as she picked up an injury in Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Lyon. The Lionesses will miss out on a few other stars as they continue to recover from their respective long-term injuries- Beth Mead is just one example.
To get this far, England needed to win the 2022 European Championships – which they did in fine style. En route to the final, the Lionesses defeated teams such as Norway, Spain and Sweden, before meeting Germany in the last game of the tournament. They rose to the occasion, beating Germany by a score of 2-1, with Chloe Kelly scoring the all-important winning goal.
Meanwhile, Brazil won the 2022 Copa América Femenina to reach this stage. In that tournament, the Brazilians were completely dominant – they did not concede a single goal in any of their six games. They beat Columbia in the final by a score of 1-0 – giving them their fourth Copa América Femenina trophy in a row.
The two teams last played each other in an international friendly, all the way back in October 2019. In that game, Brazil won by a score of 2-1 – will we see a repeat or an act of revenge on Thursday evening at Wembley?