Debinha scores twice as Brazil narrowly defeat England in thrilling friendly at the Riverside Stadium

A brace from Debinha saw Brazil edge past England 2-1 in a thrilling friendly at the Riverside Stadium.

England dominated the opening period and were frustrated that they did not reach half-time in front.

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England were outperformed by Brazil at the Riverside Stadium
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Brazil goalkeeper Barbara twice denied Nikita Parris then Jill Scott’s header from a Beth Mead cross was ruled out for offside.

Mead beat two Brazilian defenders before firing across the face of goal in the 26th minute, then two minutes later Jodie Taylor lofted a fine chance over the bar.

All England’s pressure counted for nothing four minutes into the second half when Brazil snatched the lead against the run of play.

Tamires twisted and turned before delivering a cross from deep on the left and Mary Earps allowed Debora’s clear header to squirm under her body and into the net.

Brazil went further ahead in the 68th minute when Debora fired home her second of the afternoon.

A cross from substitute Maria was knocked back by Tamires to the striker, whose shot looped over Earps and into the back of the net.

The goal was met by near-silence by the 29,238 crowd at the Riverside Stadium – a record for an England Women’s game away from Wembley.

Despite a brilliant header from Beth England with ten minutes to play, the Lionesses were ultimately powerless to prevent defeat.

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